Seeing as McG already had the husband and daughter cast, it was just a matter of time before a wife came into the picture on (what was once known as) Three Days to Kill. This one’s actually an ex-wife, but specifics shouldn’t be dwelled on: Variety report that Connie Nielsen will play both the former spouse of Kevin Costner‘s dying agent and permanent mother of their onscreen child, portrayed here by Hailee Steinfeld.
The now-untitled film centers on Ethan Runner, a Secret Service man who, though on the verge of death, decides to embark on a final mission that, with success, will grant access to a life-saving drug. Things get strange when he begins to have hallucinations from the drug; Nielsen‘s ex-wife probably isn’t having any of that. Hearing that Luc Besson and Adi Hasak‘s screenplay is a dark action-comedy — now in the hands of McG, no less — does not exactly quell ambivalence about the project. What does help, however, is an excellent cast (Amber Heard included) and a nevertheless intriguing central premise. It’s up to them to make something of it.
Production is currently underway.
In a smaller realm, THR inform us Christian Slater, Justin Long, Britt Robertson, Martin Sheen, Robert Patrick, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley are all a part of Allison Burnett‘s next film, Undiscovered Gyrl. The writer of perennial 2012 entries Underworld: Awakening and Gone is directing his first feature since 1997’s little-seen Red Meat, and now taking the time to focus on a coming-of-age story.
Gyrl, an adaption of the writer-director’s own novel, revolves around Katie, a teenage girl (Robertson) who leaves college to do some self-exploring; wanting to get some experiences her alcoholic father (Patrick) wasn’t able to deliver, she encounters strangers with very different offers. A young film professor (Long) starts a fling; there’s “a rare book dealer with a dark past” (Sheen), whatever that could entail; and a man (Slater) for whose young child she looks after. As her past catches up with her, things go in an unexpected direction.
With Max Hoffman (Greenberg), Zuleikha Robinson (Homeland, Lost), Max Carver (Desperate Housewives), Gia Mantegna (The Frozen Ground), and Lorraine Toussaint (The Soloist) in its cast, Undiscovered Gyrl is shooting at the moment.
Does McG’s new film improve with Nielsen in tow? What do you make of Gyrl‘s cast?