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Melanie Laurent, Vanessa Redgrave, Bruno Ganz and Many More Board ‘Night Train’; Troy Garity Joins ‘Gangster Squad’

Written by on October 19, 2011 

Before reading about the casting for Night Train to Lisbon, I had never even heard of the film. After reading about said casting, though, I’m pretty damn excited. That’s because, as Variety tells us, the existential thriller from Bille August will have Melanie Laurent, Vanessa Redgrave, and Bruno Ganz starring with Christopher Lee, Lena Olin, Martina Gedeck, and Jack Huston (who’s been absolutely amazing on Boardwalk Empire). Jeremy Irons previously joined the cast, and he will be leading the film.

The picture, based on Pascal Mercier‘s novel and written by Ulrich Herrmann and Greg Latter, centers on “a Swiss professor who, having saved a beautiful Portuguese woman from leaping to her death, stumbles upon a mesmerizing book by a Portuguese author that compels him to leave his boring life and embark on an adventure in search of the scribe.” Considering its predominantly European cast, a continent-hopping quest seems likely. And what a lineup that comprises said cast! That’s more than enough to get me interested. Produced by Studio Hamburg FilmProduktion and C-Films, the movie is set to go into production in March of 2012.

In other news: Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad may be well into shooting, but that doesn’t put a stop to further additions. Variety reports that Troy Garity, he of the recently-cancelled Playboy Club, will be appearing in the Will Beall-scripted period piece. According to them, he has the role of “a one-eyed hitman dispatched by gangster Sean Penn to kill characters played by Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin.” (Penn is playing infamous gangster Mickey Cohen; Gosling and Brolin are two cops trying to bring him down.) With the henchman-like description and the late casting, I’m guessing that he won’t have too much screentime — if you catch my drift.

Because the character will be killed immediately.

Also starring Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, and Nick Nolte, Gangster Squad will open on October 19th, 2012.

Does the Night Train cast generate interest for yourself? Have you seen Garity in anything?


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