John C. Reilly Rounds Out Cast for Polanski's 'God of Carnage'
by Ethan Anderton
October 18, 2010
Last month we found out that Roman Polanski's adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s dark comedy stage play God of Carnage snagged a stellar cast with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz taking three lead roles in the film. Now Deadline reports John C. Reilly has joined the film as the final piece of the main cast in the story about two sets of parents brought together by an altercation between their children. The tension really mounts when these parents actually end up getting along far worse than their bickering kids did. Reilly will be coupled with Foster as he takes the role originated by James Gandolfini on Broadway.
The drama is high in this isolated, dialogue-driven story as each pair of parents attacks the other’s parenting skills before turning on each other about problems in their own marriages. In our initial report, Matt Dillon was originally slated to take the role now filled by Reilly, but Deadline has since updated their story to reflect the change. With Reilly's versatility spanning drama, comedy and even musicals, I couldn't be happier about the change. Polanski begins shooting in Paris at the beginning of 2011, so we'll likely see the film show up on the festival circuit, and even in theaters, later in the same year. This is quite an assembly of talent for a drama that will surely garner a lot of attention when awards season comes around next year. Interested?