Mickey Rourke Joins Larry Clark's Remake of Mona Lisa
by Alex Billington
May 15, 2009
Mickey Rourke as Mona Lisa? No, that's not right. Mickey Rourke in Mona Lisa - that sounds a bit better. Rourke has signed on to star in a remake of the classic 1980s British gangster flick Mona Lisa. He'll play an ex-con who takes a job as a chauffeur for a high-class escort. Eva Green is in early negotiations to star opposite Rourke. Larry Clark, of Kids, Bully, Wassup Rockers, is writing and directing the remake, which is being produced by Handmade Films. Shooting is set to start in New York in July. This is yet another one of the many projects that Rourke has lined up following all the acclaim he received in The Wrestler.
The original Mona Lisa starred Bob Hoskins and Cathy Tyson and was directed by Neil Jordan. Nothing against Rourke, we all know when given the right roles he can do a great job, but I'm worried he's becoming the next Jason Statham, just being thrown into every con/hit-man movie that needs an older, rugged, roughed up lead (that's not too expensive). Rourke is currently shooting The Expendables, then will move on to Iron Man 2, and is set to appear in the 13 Tzameti remake as well as Vidhu Vinod Chopra's gangster film Broken Horses. I really hope all of these have unique and different characters for Rourke to play.