Luke Goss and Sean Bean Both Cast in the Death Race Prequel
The Hitcher is back! Or at least in spirit. Heat Vision confirms that Sean Bean and Luke Goss have both been cast in Death Race: Frankenstein Lives, the sequel/prequel to Paul W.S. Anderson's Death Race remake from 2008. Since Anderson is preparing to shoot The Three Musketeers (in 3D), Dutch filmmaker Roel Reiné is taking over directing duties on this prequel. The only bad thing is that it looks like this is going straight-to-DVD as part of Universal's new DVD Originals banner, which recently put out Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball on DVD as well. I don't have high hopes for this, but it could potentially turn out pretty cool.
Death Race: Frankenstein Lives (the full title) is actually a prequel, not a sequel, that tells the origin story of the legendary driver known as Frankenstein. Goss will play a convicted cop killer in a declining "American Empire," where a racing reality show is about to be born inside the corrupt prison system. Also in the cast: Lauren Cohan, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo, and Frederick Koehler, but no Ian McShane or Tyrese Gibson. I know this is going straight-to-DVD which means it'll probably be pretty bad, but damnit I actually enjoyed the first one enough to check this out once it hits shelves. Besides, I'm always down for seeing Sean Bean in any movie. He was awesome in The Hitcher and it'll be great to see him behind the wheel again. Thoughts?