Kathryn Bigelow Wants Tom Hanks in Her Film 'Sleeping Dogs'
Not to be confused with the kooky comedy Sleeping Dogs Lie, this project - Sleeping Dogs - is actually the new Kathryn Bigelow film originally known as Triple Frontier, about the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. Bigelow's highly anticipated follow-up to The Hurt Locker is an ensemble film about the border zone area that is a haven for organized crime. The Traffic-like script is about five men of various ages working in the zone, and both Heat Vision and Deadline are reporting today that Tom Hanks is being pursued, but hasn't signed on, as one of the leads. Tom Hanks in a gritty crime film? Now this I want to see!
Deadline says that "Hanks is looking seriously at one of the pic's lead roles" although he "hasn't committed" yet. Atlas Entertainment's Charles Roven is producing with Bigelow and writer Mark Boal (the other half of The Hurt Locker). In a leaked Paramount memo a few months ago, it was mentioned that Bigelow was also meeting with actors like Christian Bale, Will Smith, Javier Bardem and Sean Penn. This is obviously one of those hot top-of-the-line projects that just because it's the next film from Bigelow after winning lots of Oscars, she can get just about anyone she wants for any project she wants. I just hope she can nail down a fantastic ensemble cast in the end. We'll let you know who officially signs on, including Hanks. Stay tuned!