Stevenson, Walken, and Kilmer Join the Cast of The Irishman
by Alex Billington
May 6, 2009
Even though Punisher: War Zone wasn't a hit, it's definitely getting Ray Stevenson plenty of jobs. He's joining the cast of the mob drama The Irishman alongside of Christopher Walken and Val Kilmer (who were last seen together in True Romance). Filmmaker Jonathan Hensleigh, who previously directed 2004's The Punisher, will be directing this. Hensleigh also wrote the script, which is based on the life of mobster Danny Greene (Stevenson), who ran Cleveland's criminal underworld during the late 1970s. Walken will play infamous loan-sharking nightclub owner Shondor Birns, and Kilmer will play a Cleveland cop.
The story was inspired by Rick Porrello's true life book "To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia" (check it out on Amazon). Code Entertainment is developing the indie production, and Lightning Entertainment will be selling the distribution rights. Shooting starts mid-May in Detroit, so this is moving into production right away. It sounds like a good story, but obviously the most important part of this news is the cast. And they've indeed lined up on hell of a cast that already has my support. I'll definitely be seeing this, wherever it debuts, simply because I can't wait to see Stevenson, Walken, and Kilmer together.