Scoot McNairy Cast in 'Cogan's Trade', May Also Join 'Prometheus'?
Hell yea, Scoot! I know we talk about a lot of actors, but these two in particular deserve these roles they're getting. Variety reports that Scoot McNairy, who starred in the indie sci-fi sensation Monsters last year, has booked a role in Andrew Dominik's crime flick Cogan's Trade, which already has a huge cast lead by Brad Pitt. Not only that, but McNairy is "in the mix" to play Noomi Rapace's love interest in Prometheus, having met with Ridley Scott several times, and Timur Bekmambetov is considering him for a key role in Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Damn! Second, Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn, who broke out in the indie hit Animal Kingdom - another one of our faves, has also booked a role in Cogan's Trade. Congrats to both!
McNairy and Mendelsohn will play two young junkies in Cogan's Trade, based on George V. Higgins' crime novel, who perpetrate a heist that takes place during a high-stakes poker game held under the protection of the mob. The huge cast for this crime caper includes: Brad Pitt as Jackie Cogan, Sam Rockwell, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Bella Heathcote, Javier Bardem, Mark Ruffalo, even Ray Liotta, Sopranos alum Vincent Curatola and probably Casey Affleck, too. Yea, quite a frickin' ensemble. And now they've even got the young breakout star of Monsters and the young breakout star of Animal Kingdom, too? Awesome. This project really can't get any better… or can it? We'll see. Stay tuned for additional news.
In addition, it doesn't seem like McNairy is 100% confirmed for Prometheus or Vampire Hunter yet, so we'll have to keep waiting for updates. Either way, this is big news and I'm really happy to see Scoot, who I called "fantastic" in my review from Cannes last year, landing major roles like this. He deserves them. Congrats!