Ryan Reynolds Taking Over for Tom Cruise in Motorcade
by Alex Billington
October 7, 2009
Earlier this year, before we knew that he would be starring in Wichita, Tom Cruise had about 7 potential projects lined up. One of them was Motorcade, an action thriller about a disgraced Secret Service agent who happens to be in the wrong place at the right time when the president's motorcade is commandeered by terrorists in New York (it was originally set in Los Angeles). Variety reports that the project is switching actors - Cruise is out, Ryan Reynolds is in - and directors as well. Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman is being replaced by Jon Cassar, best known for directing over 50 episodes of Fox's series "24".
DreamWorks is hoping to get this into production by late summer or early fall 2010. Reynolds is not signed on, but they're "eying" him, which I'm assuming means attempting to get him to join and looking at his schedule for Green Lantern (which is set to start shooting early next year as well). The story was originally conceived by Hans Bauer and Craig Mitchell with Billy Ray (Breach, State of Play) currently writing the script. This project has been a priority for DreamWorks and was one of Cruise's top picks when he was still attached with Wiseman. Although with Ryan Reynolds instead, I'll admit that this sounds just as enticing.