Laurence Fishburne Might Join Soderbergh's Contagion, Too?

February 18, 2010
Source: The Playlist

Laurence Fishburne

Steven Soderbergh can put together one hell of a cast. He's got Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, and Mathieu Kassovitz starring in Knockout as we speak. And he's already got Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, and Gwyneth Paltrow set to star in his deadly virus thriller Contagion, which will shoot later this year. The Playlist is now reporting that Laurence Fishburne might end up being cast in a "major role" in Contagion if his schedule works out. And if that happens, this might just be the best cast anyone has ever assembled.

As we already know, Contagion is about an attempt to contain a deadly viral outbreak. It's supposed to have an "ultra realistic" vibe to it (but will not be like the Ocean's films), which is perfect for this flu-infected world we live in, and will play out over four different continents. Most of the cast announced so far will play an "international team of doctors and scientists brought in by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) once the sickness outbreak starts." If Fishburne joins as well, his role is "said to be as big as all the other actors announced thus far." I really hope he figures out how to fit this in his schedule, because I'd love to see him.

It was also announced yesterday that Warner Bros will be distributing Contagion and helping finance the $60 million budget. The script was written by Scott Burns of The Informant! and The Bourne Ultimatum. We'll definitely let you know if Fishburne officially joins the cast and if we hear anything else about this.

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  • Mony
    Best Cast anyone has assembled? Um no, take out Paltrow and Law and then we can start talking a little bit more, but still no.
  • sean
    "And if that happens, this might just be the best cast anyone has ever assembled." *Simpsons Comic Book Guy Voice*: FALSE! The best cast ever assembled for a single motion picture will most likely be the cast for Christopher Nolan's upcoming thriller "Inception" or perhaps his recent blockbuster "The Dark Knight." Now, I must hurry back to my comic book store, where I dispense the insults rather than absorb them.
  • "It's supposed to have an "ultra realistic" vibe to it (but will not be like the Ocean's films)." You mean the Ocean's films were meant to be realistic? What?
  • Travis
    As far as best casts go, I can think of better ones: Glengarry Glen Ross: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Pryce True Romance: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Michael Rappaport, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, James Gandolfini, Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Saul Rubinek and Broson "Balki Bartokomous" Pinchot
  • deltavoyage
    Best cast? No. Fantastic cast? Hell, yes.
  • Mike
    Best Cast Ever = JFK Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, John Candy, Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Gary Oldman, Ed Asner, Donald Sutherland and Joe Pesci.
  • Vold
    Fishburne is awesome. Period.
  • Corran Horn
    Best cast of 2011, definitely, but best ever is a little much. Kudos to Soderbergh for amassing such a great cast and to WB for picking it up.
  • Chuck Norris
    Add me to the cast and we take the Greatest Ever crown.
    SOME FILMS THAT HAVE GREAT CASTS lord of the rings trilogy(some quailty actors,to many to list.)the departed(great cast.)no country for old men(great cast)gladiator(great cast)the dark knight & sin city(both of these films had quality casts as well)




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