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Josh Brolin & Christopher Meloni Ride Into ‘Sin City’ Sequel; Tim Robbins and Will Forte Fill In for ‘Switch’

Written by on January 8, 2013 

Update: A press release indicates that, after being rumored yesterday, Josh Brolin has now been confirmed for the sequel, taking over Clive Owen‘s role of Dwight. Although Owen was rumored for the film, it seems as though he won’t take part. Check out his character description below and the rest of the story following.

Dwight is one of the favorite characters from Miller’s books and the 2005 film. In SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, Dwight is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord, and then watches his life go straight to hell. Chronologically, this story takes place prior to “The Big Fat Kill” (featured in the film FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY) and explains how Dwight came to have a dramatically different face.

“Dwight is a constant character throughout the Sin City world and “A Dame To Kill For” is a defining episode in his life. We’re looking forward to Josh’s take on Dwight,” said Rodriguez and Miller.

Here’s a weird connection: one of the films discussed below is the sequel to a film directed, in part, by Quentin Tarantino, while another is the prequel to an entire feature of his. Since this man’s had a myriad of unjustified accusations concerning originality thrown his way, you can appreciate some mild irony right now.

First, Deadline report that Robert Rodriguez‘s recently-buoyed Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has netted another star: Christopher Meloni, who looks to be making a slight deviation from his Law and Order: SVU days. Although it’s noted he’ll portray an officer of the law, the police force of Sin City not the finest seen in crime fiction, much less 2005 movies that starred Bruce Willis. We could, also, be incorrect in these assumptions, and he’ll really play one of the only Frank Miller-penned cops with a noble conscience. Right now, I kind of doubt that being the case.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, Jaime King, Michael Madsen, Dennis Haysbert, and Jamie Chung also star in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which will open on October 4th.

Then there’s what was once referred to as Switch, but is now that untitled Jackie Brown prequel-of-sorts. This new Elmore Leonard adaptation — also focused, now more intensely, on Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara — recently had both Dennis Quaid and Ty Burrell locked for supporting roles, but, since there was a nine-month gap in casting, some things have had to change in the actor’s department. Switch, even.

Which means those of you hoping for a Dennis QuadTy Burrell pairing are in for some bad news, as Variety report that they’re being replaced, respectively, by Tim Robbins and Will Forte. (When it comes to moving around actors, that could’ve gone so much worse.) The former factors into Schechter’s movie more prominently, starring as the husband of Mickey (Jennifer Aniston), a woman kidnapped by Ordell (Yasiin Bey / Mos Def) and Louis (John Hawkes); much of the conflict stems from he, a loose real estate man, refusing to pay her ransom money. Forte, on the other hand, is portraying Marshall Taylor, a man trying to figure out what he should do after seeing Mickey kidnapped.

Isla Fisherplaying Melonie, the character famously inhabited by Bridget Fonda in Jackie Brown — is also in the picture, which Schechter is to start production on next month.

How, if at all, do A Dame to Kill For and Switch look different with these moves?

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