Even if this wasn’t a mid-budget remake helmed by the Incendies director, Prisoners is shaping up much finer than I could’ve ever anticipated. On top of an intriguing premise, for one thing, the film’s cast is an all-around solid affair, and certainly more than any reasonable man would ask for upfront. Adding to it, now, is one of today’s more underappreciated American performers: Maria Bello.
According to Deadline, the actress — who, from what I can remember, seems to have been entirely missing these past few years — will star as Grace Dove, wife to Hugh Jackman‘s character who, in the Denis Villeneuve film, goes on the quest for revenge after their daughter has been kidnapped. There’s a lot more there, none of which has mentioned her character, so how much this role gives her to do or flat-out gives (screentime-wise) remains less-than-evident. Given how these types of roles often function, I don’t expect a world of material, but a strong addition is a strong addition. Better yet, Bello is finally doing another project with some chance of big exposure.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, and Melissa Leo also star in Prisoners, which will begin production next month and open on September 20th, 2013.
Switching gears, Variety report that Ty Burrell (Modern Family) is the fourth star to find themselves in The Skeleton Twins, a Duplass brothers-produced comedy starring Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, and Luke Wilson. The duo aren’t truly behind this one, though; that honor goes to Craig Johnson, who co-wrote the picture with Mark Heyman (Black Swan). Their script focuses on two depressed, aimless twins (Hader and Wiig) who need to get relationships — with themselves and others — in order before being able to get back on track.
Burrell will play Rich, a former school teacher whose romantic entanglement with the male twin, Milo, got him fired from that position. Though (now) living as a closeted bookstore clerk with a wife — having been fired when revealed to be gay, for some reason — a confrontation is now in order for Milo to be emotionally stable once again. There’s room for some dramatic strength in there, but, this being a comedy, it’s wise to expect some more laughs; the actor and Hader could, quite easily, lead to one of the more amusing onscreen relationships from past few years.
The Skeleton Twins is expected to commence production at the end of this month.
How do you now view either film, taking these additions into account?
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