Eric Bana and More Joining 'Up in the Air' Writer's Directorial Debut
After making a big splash as a 2009 Oscar nominee for his screenplay adapting Up in the Air for Jason Reitman, we heard almost a year ago that writer Sheldon Turner would make his directorial debut with By Virtue Fall. Later we found out that Colin Farrell and Eric Bana were looking to join the project, but neither was too pleased with the amount of their paycheck. Since then Farrell has gone on to take a role in the Total Recall remake, but now Bana has officially joined the drama about two ATF agents who find themselves on opposite sides of the friendship divide after one sells out the other. In addition, even more casting has been unveiled.
24 Frames says the actor is hoping to shoot the film after completing production Blackbird, the thriller formerly known as KIN with Olivia Wilde. Joining Bana will be James Spader ("Boston Legal"), Ryan Phillippe (MacGruber) and Carla Gugino (Sucker Punch) though their roles have not yet been revealed. Also, unless Phillippe or Spader is playing the other ATF agent, we're also waiting to hear who will star opposite Bana in the story. There's no doubt in Turner's skills as a writer after scripting Up in the Air, but it will be interesting to see how he fares behind the camera. It helps that Turner also wrote the script so hopefully he can deliver a great film. What do you think?