Adrien Brody Replacing Gary Oldman as the Villain in 'Motor City'
Apparently Dark Castle's action thriller Motor City can't hold on to its cast. The film, which has a Black List script, follows a felon who, after being released from prison, begins tracking down the men who framed him. Stars like Jake Gyllenhaal, Dominic Cooper and Jeremy Renner have come and gone for the lead role, but Gerard Butler seems to be the man who is sticking with the flick. However, Variety reports the villain role has been vacated and filled as Adrien Brody is stepping into the shoes that were going to be filled by Gary Oldman in the film from Albert Hughes, one-half of the sibling directing duo behind The Book of Eli.
Brody showed off his action chops in Predators, a role he tried desperately to prove that he could take on, and I wasn't disappointed with his performance or screen presence in the least. However, this is also something new for Brody as he hasn't really played a straight up villain before. That also means that the role Mickey Rourke was in talks for earlier this month is something completely different. Maybe he's a fellow prisoner or one of the main character's friends who he contacts once he's out of the joint?
As we've pointed out before, the script is well known around Hollywood for containing only one line of dialogue, but it's not clear if that staple trait has made it this far into development on the film. This sounds like it will be Butler's return to action after taking on the drama Chasing Mavericks and romantic comedy Playing for Keeps this year. Butler will also be seen in the White House centric action thriller Olympus Has Fallen, but that film doesn't see release until 2014. The plan for Motor City is to start shooting next month and release in April. That's a pretty fast turn around, but it doesn't sound like this is a big budget romp.