Jamie Bell and Anthony Mackie Join Summit's 'Man on a Ledge'
In case you missed it, back when Sam Worthington was going to star opposite Chris Pine in McG's action comedy This Means War, the Aussie actor was also looking to star in Man on a Ledge. Though the former deal fell through, the latter is still very much happening and the thriller just gained two new cast members. Deadline reports Jamie Bell (Defiance, King Kong) has signed on while Variety reports Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) is negotiating to join the cast as well. The story follows an ex-cop threatening to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, but the potential suicide might be a front for something bigger.
Summit Entertainment is developing the project and Asger Leth, of only the doc Ghosts of Cité Soleil, is making his feature directorial debut. The original script for Man on a Ledge was written by Pablo Fenjves (Trophy Wife), but RED, Whiteout and Battleship writers Erich & Jon Hoeber are currently polishing it.
Unbeknownst to the police psychologists brought in to talk him down, this suicide attempt is supposedly a cover for the biggest diamond heist ever attempted. Worthington will play the cop who was thrown in jail for a crime he didn't commit, but finds himself let out for his father's funeral. Meanwhile, Bell plays his brother, who happens to be planning a heist of a jewelry store across the street during the suicide, and Mackie plays the disgraced cop's ex-partner. Apparently Amy Adams is also interested in joining the cast as one of the police psychologists, but no deal is in place yet. Sounds like an interesting thriller to say the least and since I've made it no secret that Worthington is one of my least favorite actors around, the addition of Bell and Mackie definitely get me a bit more interested. Surely more casting is on the way, so we'll keep you posted.