John Malkovich Signs On for Adaptation of DC Comics' Red
by Ethan Anderton
January 10, 2010
Summit Entertainment has already cast Hollywood heavyweights Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis and even the elegant Helen Mirren in the DC Comics adaptation of Warren Ellis's comic series Red, but now THR's Heat Vision says John Malkovich has signed on to star in the Robert Schwenke directed action thriller. He will be replacing John C. Reilly who was cast last November. Malkovich will play an erratic retired CIA agent who's paranoid that everyone is out to kill him; when he's finally correct in his worries, joins Bruce Willis' character in his quest to find out who wants them dead. Sounds right up Malkovich's alley. Read on!
With filming set to begin this week, Malkovich joins a fairly interesting supporting cast that already includes Mary-Louise Parker, Julian McMahon, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine and Brian Cox as well. At least Malkovich has something to keep him busy in the midst of delayed production of Spider-Man 4 (or rather Spider-M4n) on which Malkovich just confirmed his villainous involvement as Vulture. Personally, while I find Malkovich an interesting actor, he usually only plays an exaggerated version of himself. But that doesn't stop him from being a great addition to any cast, especially with his ability to move in and out of comedy and drama so easily. That will definitely come in handy this time. Stay tuned for any further developments!