Sam Worthington Will Witness The Last Days of American Crime
Even though Terminator Salvation was a lackluster installment in that franchise, no fault could be placed on Sam Worthington who, in my opinion, showed up Christian Bale on screen. And with the starring role in Avatar later this year, he's quickly becoming one of the most demanded actors in Hollywood. And we can add another project to his roster as Mania reports Worthington has signed on for an adaptation of Rick Remender's upcoming comic series, The Last Days of American Crime, a futuristic story where the government is set to roll out mind-control technology that will kill the criminal impulse in all citizens.
Of course chaos descends on America's cities as the country braces for the new order, and career criminal Graham Brick (Worthington) is forced to accelerate the heist of his career with an untested new crew in order to beat the deadline. I'm hooked already. Series writer Rick Remender has actually been writing and developing the screenplay for the film concurrently with the comic series so this should be a very efficient and accurate transition from page to screen. On the style of the story, Remender says:
"It's really motivated by [David] Mamet's 'Heist' film and James Ellroy's [novel] 'American Tabloid.' Ellroy being an example of the kind of hard-boiled crime that has a socio-political backdrop and Mamet's 'Heist' a very well-thought out film that focuses on the heist itself."
That definitely sounds like a fun story, and after Remender revealed Worthington's involvement in the project, he also teased that more casting announcements were on the way: "The people that they're bringing in are all big A-list Hollywood people." I can't wait to see who else is joining this project in addition to Worthington. Mark this down as one of the few adaptations that I'm actually excited to see. And while we're waiting, you might as well pre-order the comic from Amazon. Best to get acquainted with it beforehand!