Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and McConaughey in Brilliance?
Even though he was out-and-out wrong claiming insight into the villains that might headline a new installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman universe, I think Michael Caine maybe-might-almost be correct when he recently told MTV that Scarlett Johansson and hard-body McConaughey will star alongside him in a "heist adventure film." And that film might be Brilliance, directed by music video maven Samuel Bayer. If you recall, it was pretty widely reported last year that Bayer and ScarJo were reportedly behind the new film. At the time, Bayer told MTV, "it's called Brilliance and it's about diamond thieves, and we start shooting this winter." That winter has come and gone, and no Brilliance in sight.
So what is there to make of Caine's comment that he'll next "probably do a film with Scarlett Johansson… I forget what it's called… It's an adventure film… I was told yesterday that they have Matthew McConaughey as the guy." While Caine could very well be right this time, I can't say I particularly care. Don't get me wrong, I love the old guy, but does anyone recall the 2007 diamond heist film he starred in alongside Demi Moore called Flawless? It was pretty dull. So if Caine is really doing another film on the same subject matter, why should anyone's interest be piqued. Is there any story out there that might be good?
So, Johansson ain't bad, and I'm definitely looking forward to her in Frank Miller's forthcoming The Spirit. But beach-bum McConaughey should completely bury anyone's interest in hoping this film sees the light of day. Stewie put it best when he said "[he] sucks donkey ass." So maybe this is just another case of Caine misfiring, which would be a relief, but I'm not entirely sure how much truth to this story there is.