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Paul Dano Joins Cameron Diaz & Tom Cruise's Wichita Project

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September 25, 2009

Paul Dano

Although this is project already shooting (see photos here), casting announcements are still hitting. Variety has announced that Paul Dano has joined the cast of Wichita, an action comedy that stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. The story centers on a federal agent, portrayed by Cruise, who finds himself teamed with a wholesome and upbeat Midwestern woman, played by Diaz. Dano will play a charming but mysterious scientist whose invention is at the center of Cruise and Diaz's chase. Fox has apparently given this a huge budget, with plane crashes and epic action set pieces, which is exciting, but who knows if it'll deliver.

Wichita, which will have a new title by the time it's released sometime next year, is being directed by James Mangold (Girl Interrupted, Kate & Leopold, Identity, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma) and also stars Maggie Grace and Marc Blucas. The screenplay was written by Dana Fox (Couples Retreat), Scott Frank (Minority Report, Marley & Me), Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), and Mangold. Dano is (still) an up-and-coming 25-year-old actor who has appeared in Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood, and Taking Woodstock. I'm glad to see him join this, but I'm still a bit cautious, considering it's Fox. Maybe we'll see a teaser soon?

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  • JoJo
    With the talent attached to this movie I expect a good movie but fox is one unlucky studio.
  • pjs
    Diaz is doing this and Green Hornet simultaneously? Okay.
  • Have you seen Tom Cruise blog tomcruise.com/blog
  • crumb
    Dano is awesome.
  • krztov
    saw them filming today snapped a few camera phone photos, theyre in boston right now right by my work, saw them filming a scene where cameron diaz gets off an mbta (local) bus and runs into the fire fighter museum across the street wearing a yellow dress, i can send these photos to you if you want Alex, just a few set shots and 2 or 3 of cameron diaz, my coworkers saw tom cruise, his scenes were later on i think.

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