First Look: Mel Gibson is Acting Again in Edge of Darkness!
Damn, those guys at Empire are on a roll this week! Their latest first look photo debut is of Mel Gibson in Martin Campbell's thriller Edge of Darkness. Gibson hasn't been seen in front of the camera since The Singing Detective in 2003 and Signs in 2002 before that (and no, The Colonel doesn't count). He's back acting again, this time as a homicide cop who witnesses the death of his activist daughter right in front of his own eyes. He then sets out to catch the killers, uncovering a larger conspiracy in the process. Knowing how the story plays out (see below), our guess is that this photo is from an early scene of the film.
"He's a seasoned old detective," Gibson says about his character Thomas Craven. "A bit hangdog. And he's in a state of shock for most of the film, because he's had tremendous trauma right at the beginning of it."
With the talent involved behind the camera on this one, it seems like Edge of Darkness might even be a big Oscar contender. This is the very first photo so it's hard to tell, but I'm looking forward to seeing a lot more!
As a detective investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence.
Edge of Darkness is directed by Martin Campbell, of GoldenEye, The Mask of Zorro, Vertical Limit, Casino Royale, and the upcoming Green Lantern movie. The screenplay was co-written by Oscar winner William Monahan (Kingdom of Heaven, The Departed, Body of Lies) and Andrew Bovell (The Book of Revelation, Blessed). The film was shot in and around Boston through early 2008. Warner Brothers will be bringing Edge of Darkness to theaters sometime in late 2009, although an official release date hasn't been set yet.