James Gandolfini Cast in David Chase's New Film 'Twylight Zones'
After finishing up HBO's Sopranos a few years back, actor James Gandolfini has finally been getting back into acting in feature films again. He gave a great performance in last year's Sundance film Welcome to the Rileys and looks to have booked a couple more big roles. Deadline reports that Gandolfini has been cast in Sopranos creator David Chase's next project called Twylight Zones, a film set in New Jersey in the 1960's that focuses on a rock 'n roll band named The Twylight Zones, of which he'll play the disapproving father of one of the members, played by John Magaro. In addition, Gandolfini is also looking at two other projects.
According to Deadline, Gandolfini is in "final negotiations" to join Cogan's Trade, the new adaptation of George V. Higgins' novel that Andrew Dominik (Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) is directing. Brad Pitt is already set to star as Jackie Cogan, a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that takes place during a high stakes poker game held under the protection of the mob. Gandolfini will play a washed-up, alcoholic, hard-up for cash hit man who was brought on by Jackie to do the "first job he's done in a long time," but proves to be more of a liability. Casey Affleck and Sam Rockwell are also set to co-star.
In addition to those two films, he's also in negotiations to join Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, an adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's book being directed by Stephen Daldry (The Hours, The Reader). It is a post-9/11 drama about a young boy who finds a key that belonged to his father (Hanks), who died in the World Trade Center attacks, and searches for the lock that it opens. Gandolfini will play the boy's mother's (Bullock) male friend whom she met at a support group for people who have lost loved ones. Gandlofini will be "juggling" the three features over these next few months, which means he could switch out if necessary.