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