Rumor: Hayden Christensen Cast in William Gibson's Neuromancer
Back in May we posted the breaking news that William Gibson's beloved sci-fi novel Neuromancer was being adapted into a feature film. At that time, a director was attached, Joseph Kahn specifically, but no other casting confirmations came with it. Today, JoBlo revealed a rumor that Hayden Christensen, aka Darth Vader, is possibly in the running to play the main hacker character Case. The film is reported to have a budget $70 million but is really being filmed as an indie film with a big budget. Is it destined to suck now with Christensen in the lead, or does it still have a chance?
Neuromancer, (from Wikipedia) it tells the story of Case (to be played by Christensen), an out-of-work computer hacker hired by an unknown patron to participate in a seemingly impossible crime. The novel examines the concepts of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, genetic engineering, multinational corporations overpowering the traditional nation-state, and cyberspace long before these ideas became fashionable in popular culture. Filming is set to begin sometime early this year, but with the strike underway, it's still unclear whether this will actually head into production that soon.
I'm quite anxious to see Jumper, because it's one of Hayden's next major films since finishing Star Wars. He was also in Awake last fall, but that was a terrible movie itself. There is a chance he could prove everyone wrong and show that he is an "okay" actor and pull off a good movie, but we have yet to see. As optimistic as I am, I don't want to say that Neuromancer is ruined just yet, as it could turn out that Joseph Kahn could be a talented director who could yet turn out a mediocre performance from Christensen.