Robert De Niro and Yvonne Strahovski Cast in 'The Killer Elite'
We've already heard that Clive Owen would be facing off against Jason Statham for the indie action-thriller The Killer Elite and that Dominic Purcell would be joining the cast in some capacity. Well now Australia's Herald Sun reports (and Moviehole confirms) that Robert De Niro and the absolutely gorgeous Yvonne Strahovski ("Chuck") have also joined the cast of the film which is already shooting down in Melbourne, Australia. The story follows a group of former British special forces being hunted by a team of assassins led by Statham's character, a former Navy Seal. Some slight spoilers follow in the character description below.
De Niro is playing Hunter, the mentor and best friend of Statham's character Danny. Apparently Hunter has been kidnapped by an Arab sheik who blackmails Danny into killing "Harris" (played by Lachy Hulme) in order to secure Hunter's release. No word on what character Strahovski will be playing (though surely she'll have to kick some asses and look good while doing it), but Ben Mendelsohn (Knowing), Aden Young ("The Starter Wife") and Firass Dirani have also joined the cast. The Killer Elite is actually based on a novel called The Feather Men by Ranulph Fiennes, first published in 1991 and will mark the feature film debut of Irish director Gary McKendry. We'll be keeping our eye on this project. Anyone like the sound of this so far?