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John Cusack Will Arrive at 'The Numbers Station' with Malin Akerman

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October 24, 2011
Source: Variety

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Previously, it was Training Day star Ethan Hawke that was set to lead the new action thriller The Numbers Station, but now Variety has word that John Cusack has now snagged the lead role in the film from The Candidate director Kasper Barfoed. The project has been in development since September of 2010 when it was looking to get sold at the Toronto International Film Festival at the time, and actress Malin Akerman has stayed attached as the lead female role for over a year now. Hawke was originally producing the film too, but since he's no longer starring, it doesn't seem he's involved with the project at all.

The film follows Cusack playing a disgraced black ops agent tasked with a dead-end job of protecting a young woman (Akerman) in the middle of the Nevada desert. When the two come under attack, they have to fight to stay alive. Though Hawke's involvement no seems to be non-existent, his Daybreakers producers Sean and Bryan Furst are still behind the film which is now looking to get sold at the American Film Market which is coming up soon. Cusack's most recent thriller of sorts, in the form of The Raven, doesn't look too promising, and frankly this one sounds rather generic. At least Cusack is taking on another comedy along with Johnny Knoxville, a genre that serves the actor much better than his suspenseful fare like 1408.

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  • Jake
    I like that this says Cusack snagged the role. Makes it sound like there was a chance he wouldn't. Haha. I imagine that conversation going something like this. "Hi, I'm John Cusack and I want to be in your movie." "What the fuck? Yes, please, thank you"
  • Wakecycle
    Ethan Anderton, have you ever written a screenplay? No. Oookay. End of story.
    • Dimbian
      Don't you mean: Ethan Anderton, have you ever had a movie produced? No. Then fuck you!
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
      Yes, as a matter of fact, I have written a screenplay. Has it been bought or produced? No. Since when has that been a prerequisite for having an opinion on films?
      • Ultim8
        Hah!
      • Wakecycle
        It's not. But making claims like " ...The Raven, doesn't look too promising, and frankly this one sounds rather generic" when I can almost guarantee your screenplay would be generic, means you have an uninformed opinion about what making movies is about. Being a fanboy does not qualify. Not only that, I can definitely guarantee you haven't read the screenplay. Might want to do that before you start spouting your mouth off about things you have no idea about.
        • Anonymous
          —Who are you to judge? Steven Spielberg?  Ethan read the synopsis and decided it wasn't for him. I didn't realize it was mandatory to read a screenplay prior to forming an opinion on a movie. Myself, I read 2-3 screenplays a day, and while I disagree with his view on 1408, as does Stephen King who's lauded it as one of his best adaptations, your hypocrisy is thick. Attacking Ethan for having an "uninformed opinion," when you yourself label his screenplay as being "generic;" and yet, have you read it?  I didn't think so.
  • http://twitter.com/Alaskachic linda
    John Cusack is here right now  in ALASKA filming a movie Frozen Ground.

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