Elijah Wood, Brendan Fraser & Many More Tell 'Pawn Shop Chronicles'
Last year we heard that former Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst was looking to continue his low key career behind movie cameras (after directing The Longshots and The Education of Charlie Banks) with a dark comedy called Pawn Shop Chronicles starring Paul Walker. It sounded pretty outlandish following multiple interconnected stories centered around a missing wedding ring which leads to a wild-goose chase involving meth addicts, skinheads and an Elvis impersonator. But the project never came together, and now the film is in the hands of Wayne Kramer (Running Scared, The Cooler) with one huge ensemble cast.
Though it doesn't sound like Paul Walker is involved anymore in the report from Deadline, plenty of names have surfaced in his place including Brendan Fraser, Elijah Wood, Matt Dillon, Vincent D'Onofrio, Thomas Jane, Chi McBride, Lukas Haas, Pell James, Kevin Rankin, D.J. Qualls, Michael Cudlitz, Norman Reedus and Ashlee Simpson. That's quite a strange assembly of talent from a former pop star to plenty of actors with flourishing careers in the 90's and hit or miss films over the past decade.
The inclusion of Reedus from "The Walking Dead" is cool since the script for this film comes from another series actor, Adam Minarovich, who spent some time working in a pawn shop in North Carolina before becoming an actor. Meanwhile, Kramer's experience and success is limited, but The Cooler is a phenomenal film, and I actually didn't hate Paul Walker in Running Scared, and that's saying something for the mannequin actor from The Fast and the Furious franchise. However, I feel like this has the makings of a cult classic or a straight-to-DVD bust, and only time will tell if the project actually gets off the ground.