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Christoph Waltz Raids ‘Candy Store’; Chris Pine to ‘Stretch’; Michael Pena Has ‘Fury’; Shia LaBeouf Is ‘Villain’

Written by on May 14, 2013 

Christoph Waltz is a performer of stunning, almost insurmountable talent — well, whenever he works with Quentin Tarantino. Outside Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, however, the German thespian’s filmography is a little spotty, to say the least, and that record’s all the more frustrating when we know he can deliver dynamite work under a good eye.

Finding them is another matter, and, call me a silly optimist, but I think Stephen Gaghan is one of them. TheWrap report that Waltz has been added to the ensemble of Candy Store, a multinational crime drama that marks a new helming effort for the scribe behind Traffic and Syriana; Jason Clarke, Robert De Niro, and Omar Sy (The Intouchables) are to star. In the project, Waltz goes from the typical role of a dangerous German to a dangerous Russian, described as “Arkady, a former KGB officer pretending to be an regular American in suburbia.” He sounds to be helping maintain a dangerous and malicious team operating out of Brooklyn; hoping to stop that — in turn, giving Candy Store its central conflict — are a former agent (Clarke) and New York cop (De Niro) who team up, while Sy plays a sex trafficker whose exact involvement remains unclear.

Shooting is expected to begin soon.

Further news, also from TheWrap, concerns Joe Carnahan. The Grey helmer has been looking at a wide swath of options to succeed last year’s Liam Neeson-starrer — maybe too many? maybe too many — but a recent bit of casting gives one special priority: according to the outlet, his Smokin’ Aces co-star, Chris Pine — now known to most as “Captain Kirk” — will participate in the low-budget comedy-thriller, Stretch, starring Patrick Wilson.

First announced at the start of November, it’s now revealed as a comedy-thriller centered on “a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back.” It’s speculated that Pine, whose involvement is listed as no more than a cameo, might play the (in that case, predominantly offscreen) rider — though that’s not much to put stock in, as fun as speculation can be.

Over at THR, it’s said that Michael Peña is looking to pair up once more with his End of Watch director, David Ayer, on the World War II actioner entitled Fury. Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Logan Lerman have been roped in over the past month or so, the group tasked with playing members of a five-man tank outfit fighting the scum-sucking Third Reich as conflict winds down; Peña, the fourth, has been contracted to portray “a butcher who always is drunk — having vowed never to go into combat sober.”

Sony will release Fury, a project that commences production in September and, should all go well, opens on November 14, 2014.

Finally, a Deadline report gives us more of LaBeouf, whether you like that or not. The actor / Twitter troll is being paired with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intruders, 28 Weeks Later) to craft a psychological thriller titled Villain; scripted by Josh Zetumer (RoboCop 2014), its plot revolves around “two brothers who mysteriously re-connect in an unforgiving wilderness,” from there encountering any number of bad things. Wild Bunch are handling the film in Cannes, and Start Motion Pictures will produce as the second sibling is secured.

What do you make of this slate? Does anything sound especially appealing?

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