Mickey Rourke Looking at Joining A Few Tony Scott Projects
It's truly amazing that in only a couple of years, Mickey Rourke turned his acting career around from being almost non-existent to starring as the electric villain Whiplash in one of this summer's most highly anticipated films hitting theaters tomorrow night, Iron Man 2. Rourke's career just keeps marching on as Deadline reports that the actor has been talking with Tony Scott about taking on roles in two different films. We heard about the first, Potzdamer Platz, in April, but the other is Scott's long gestating Donnie Brasco-style drama Hells Angels, about the development and growth of the infamous motorcycle gang.
With Potzdamer Platz (which, again, will likely have a title change because that German location as the title won't make sense when the setting is switched to Puerto Rico in this big screen version) it looks like Rourke, Jason Statham and Javier Bardem are all still circling, but not locked yet, for different roles in the film which follows two soldiers in a New Jersey-based crime family who try to expand internationally. Scott also hasn't given up on getting Gene Hackman into the flick, but he may be talking to Al Pacino as a back-up.
On Hells Angels, Rourke is in talks for the role of Sonny Barger, the tough guy who formed the Oakland chapter and helped transform the Angels into a national organization. As we learned last summer, the film is taking cues from Barger's memoir that recounts the forming of the gang, its history and many of their more raucous events including the infamous 1969 Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Raceway. Much like Platz, Scott has been working on this project for about a decade and it looks like Fox 2000 has brought in writer Scott Frank (Minority Report, The Lookout) to do a significant rewrite of the script which will have a young actor (possibly Shia LaBeouf) playing a cop who attempts to infiltrate the club and investigate "criminal activities." Once again, no official deals are in place yet, but at least there's some new movement on the flick.
Frankly, I'm just happy Tony Scott is finding some new talent to work with other than Denzel Washington. It's not that they haven't made some decent films together, but you gotta move on at some point. It must run in the family though, since his brother Ridley can't stop working with Russell Crowe for better (Gladiator) or worse (Body of Lies). For now we'll just have to enjoy Rourke trying to take down Tony Stark's Iron Man once that sequel hits theaters tomorrow. Stay tuned for more news on these two projects as they develop!