Ryan Phillippe to Write, Direct and Star in Indie Thriller 'Shreveport'
When an actor works with enough acclaimed directors, it's only a matter of time before he or she makes the leap into directing. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has worked with Spielberg, Nolan, and Rian Johnson and is finally taking the plunge himself with Don Jon's Addiction, and now a fellow Hollywood star who has worked with Ridley Scott, Christopher McQuarrie, and Clint Eastwood is doing the same thing. Variety reports that actor Ryan Phillippe is set to make his directorial debut on Shreveport, an indie thriller set in the Louisiana town of the same name. Not only that, Phillippe will also co-write, produce, and star in the movie. Read on!
The film's plot revolves around Phillippe, who plays a fading actor who is kidnapped, held hostage, and tortured while shooting a low-budget movie in Louisiana. Twisted Pictures, the production company responsible for the Saw franchise, is financing and producing this film, so if their previous history is any indication, we have a good idea just how graphic the torturing might be here. It would also be really interesting if Phillippe played a version of himself, giving the whole project an entirely different meta angle as well. Phillippe has a newfound fan base thanks to his work in the cult classic MacGruber, so at least he should have some people interested in seeing how he handles himself behind the camera. Stay tuned.