David Schwimmer Going Dark as Killer in Ariel Vromen's 'The Iceman'
After playing the neurotic and feeble Ross Geller on "Friends," actor David Schwimmer hasn't had much to keep him busy besides directing Run, Fatboy, Run and providing his voice for the animated Madagascar franchise. Now the director is making a rare turn to the dark side as Variety reports he will play a mob killer in The Iceman, an indie drama from director Ariel Vromen. The film follows Michael Shannon as the titular killer, Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski, a mafia hit man who murdered more than 200 people. In addition Ray Liotta and Maggie Gyllenhaal have also signed up since the project was revealed last year.
However, with these additions, a subtraction was also made since Just Jared recently learned that James Franco, who was part of the initial announcement of the project in September 2010, has left the project. It's not clear whether or not Schwimmer is replacing, but either way, he's playing Josh Rosenthal, a killer who works for mob boss Roy Demeo (Liotta) who he looks up to as a father figure and will do anything to impress him. Meanwhile, Gyllenhaal is supposed to play Kuklinski's wife as the killer is a family man by day before doing his bloody deeds at night. The cast certainly sounds like the most promising aspect of the film, and I'm especially anxious to see how Schwimmer fares in a dark role like this too. Sound good?