Kathryn Bigelow Wants Tom Hanks in Her Film 'Sleeping Dogs'

October 5, 2010
Source: Deadline, Heat Vision

Kathryn Bigelow & Tom Hanks Oscars

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!

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  • Xerxex
    good Hanks needs to good role, perhaps this is it?
  • cinemabandit
    I've heard that title for a movie before One of Sam Neills earliest movies
  • Evilb
    Get back in the kitchen and make me a sandwich woman.
  • beavis
    although i'm not sold on Kathryn Bigelow at all (hurt locker was very over-rated) - this movie sounds like it could be very interesting.......we'll see.
  • Voice of Reason
    Bingo, Xerxex. That bumbling, ham-fisted, piss-poor director Opie has only help to dwindle Hanks natural talents as a lead dramatic actor. I'd dig seeing what Bigelow does with ol' Joe Banks.
  • Maxx
    @5 Jeremy Renner is what made Hurt Locker so entertaining for me. The direction was good but he is such a phenomenal actor to watch. But I agree that it received more praise than it deserved. I have been waiting for Hanks to be a part of something that is deserving of his talents...DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons were fun books to read but boring movies with no character development at all. I wish he would do more roles in the style of Road to Perdition.
  • Moon
    Why do people hate on the hurt locker so much it was a fantastic movie. Whatever I like most of you want to see Tom Hanks in a good movie again.
  • Corran Horn
    I could see Hanks doing this more than I can see Smith. He's long overdue for a good role. I know very little about the story, but if I were to guess, Hanks' role might be similar to Michael Douglas' in TRAFFIC (considering both projects are about the drug wars). Voice of Reason: Aside from Apollo 13, I agree. The Hanks-Howard collaborations have been genuinely lousy. The only good to come from them is the money that Hanks then used to fund his various HBO miniseries.
  • Cobb
    Uhhh, you shouldn't be too surprised, especially since Hanks has already been in a gritty crime film, it's called Road to Perdition and it's his best role by a mile in my opinion.
  • wm
    we need more Gritty Hanks. I wanna see him go ape shit.
  • beavis
    #7,8 - i'm not hating on was an ok movie. i just felt it wasn't spectacular. and kate bigelow (aside from HL) is largely untested. she needs more success before any movie done by her would be considered "big news".
  • Xerxex
    I gotta agree beavis, I enjoyed the HL, especially the score but overall its like Slumdog Millionaire great the first time, found wanting the second time.




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