Worthington to Face-Off Against Chris Pine in This Means War
After initially hearing that Bradley Cooper was taking on one of the lead roles in McG's action comedy This Means War, his schedule involving filming The Hangover sequel meant he had to drop out. But then came word that actors Chris Pine and Seth Rogen were being pursued for one of the same lead roles in the movie that pits two best friends and veteran spies against each other when they both fall for the same girl (Reese Witherspoon). Now Vulture reports that Pine has fully signed on as one of the dueling spies, and an offer is out to Sam Worthington to play the other friend-turned-enemy in this project with an 11 year history.
With all the jockeying around that's been going on with this project since it was first picked up way back in 1998, Worthington's accepting the offer may not even guarantee that it gets off the ground. Stars like Martin Lawrence were once attached, and directors like Gore Verbinski have been involved previously, so anything could happen. This seems to be the furthest the project has made it recently, with Fox making it a priority project for their future slate, so maybe that bodes well for imminent production. There's plenty of projects that took years to get off the ground before a perfect storm of talent came together for some great cinema.
Though I'm usually against Sam Worthington's casting in pretty much anything right now, this would be an interesting turn since we haven't seen his comedic side yet. I'd like to give him another shot to impress me (since he hasn't so far), and maybe this is it. But he has quite a lot on his plate already, not to mention that Vulture says he's considering yet another project called Man on a Ledge at Summit. In that film, he would play an ex-cop threatening to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop; unbeknownst to the police psychologists brought in to talk him down, the suicide attempt is just a cover for the biggest diamond heist ever attempted. Sounds interesting enough, but that film would be fine without Worthington and I want to see him make with the funny. You guys want to see Sam Worthington and Chris Pine duke it out?