Gerard Butler Recruited for Antoine Fuqua's Thriller 'Hunter Killer'
Back in November of last year, we found out that director Antoine Fuqua might team up with Gerard Butler for an adaptation of Red 5 Comic's sci-fi comic book Afterburn. Before that Butler was also in the running to lead the director's adaptation of Consent to Kill, but neither have come to fruition. Now it looks like Butler and Fuqua will finally end up working together though on another completely different project. Variety reports that Relativity Media has set their Machine Gun Preacher star to lead Fuqua's Hunter Killer, an adaptation of the yet-to-be-published Navy SEALs thriller Firing Point. More details below.
The story follows an American sub commander and a Navy SEAL team that must rescue the Russian president and defeat a renegade admiral who’s attempting a coup. The two sides team to stop a rogue Russian general from igniting World War III. Butler has been set to play Captain Joe Glass, the commander of the USS Toledo, and apparently Sam Worthington is being lined up to play Bill Beaman, the leader of a special Navy SEAL unit called the Dev Group, though it doesn't sound like his casting is official yet. Ironically enough, Hunter Killer is opening on the December 21st, 2012 release date that was just vacated by Disney's now less expensive big screen take on The Lone Ranger. The film will still have to contend with World War Z that weekend though, along with Judd Apatow's comedy starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. Sounds like a good weekend at the movies next winter.