Laurence Fishburne Might Join Soderbergh's Contagion, Too?
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.