Hugh Jackman is Starring in Antoine Fuqua's Prisoners Movie?
Late last week, the Valley Independent Sentinel in Connecticut reported on casting for Antoine Fuqua's Prisoners project which is supposed to start shooting in Derby and Shelton, Connect. next February. The paper talks about casting 750 extras for the film and shooting in the city. They also mention that "local officials said they’ve been told Hugh Jackman is attached to the movie." Originally we had heard rumors about Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale being attached, but when Fuqua took over, I thought he dumped that old cast. Could Jackman be the first big actor cast in Fuqua's version? I'd be very happy if this is true.
Prisoners, written by newcomer Aaron Guzikowski, is a dark tale about a man who, after his daughter and her friend are kidnapped and the cops fail to solve the crime, takes matters into his own hands, holding hostage the person he suspects committed the crime. The newspaper also revealed more plot details, saying it's "about two families who live across the street from each other... These lifelong friends are thrust into turmoil when their two youngest daughters go missing. The movie centers on the family’s desperation in finding their children with the help of their neighbors and local police force; especially one police detective."
I'm not sure which role Jackman is playing, but I suspect it may be one of the fathers. If that is the case, I'd be pretty damn excited about this casting, as I've got high hopes for this and putting Jackman in a heavy role like that would be brilliant. I've heard so many good things about the script that I'm sure it'll deliver without fault. As for Fuqua, it was up to him to find the right cast and simply follow through bringing Guzikowski's script to life, which it sounds like he's doing. You can read the complete newspaper article for more details on Prisoners, but there's nothing else in it that we haven't heard before Stay tuned for more updates soon!