Ashton Kutcher Recruited to Robert Luketic's Five Killers
by Alex Billington
October 22, 2008
Lionsgate has recruited Ashton Kutcher to star in an action comedy titled Five Killers. The film will be directed by Robert Luketic, of Legally Blonde and 21 previously, and will begin production early next year. Lionsgate first picked up the project as a spec script by Bob DeRosa (The Air I Breathe), but Ted Griffin (Ocean's Eleven, Matchstick Men) is currently rewriting it. Kutcher will play a former hitman whose life is turned upside down because someone "from his past" paid a group of killers to bump him off. Sounds like the typical hitman bite-you-in-the-ass storyline, but we'll see if Griffin will make it unique.
I gained a lot of respect for Ashton Kutcher after he starred in The Guardian; I thought he did a superb job in a challenging role. For some reason I feel like he's now got a grasp on strong emotional acting and I expect him to put it to good use from now on (which doesn't include crap projects like What Happens in Vegas). I don't know enough about Five Killers to say whether or not Kutcher is a good fit. Although I can assume the title is referring to the guys coming after him, which makes me more interested to know who else Luketic will cast rather than whether or not Kutcher is a good fit in it. Thoughts on Kutcher?