Woods, Hauser & Mitchell Join Different White House Peril Thrillers
You're likely aware that the latest example of Hollywood's "two at a time" trend is dueling action films set at the White House featuring storylines about the President being captured. It's certainly pertinent timing considering this is an election year, so what better way to let out some frustration at the constant political advertising we're about to experience than to see two fictional Presidents get captured and held for ransom? Now Videodrome star James Woods and Pitch Black star Radha Mitchell, and Cole Hauser have respectively joined these opposing films, and we've got details of just who they will be playing. More below!
Roland Emmerich's White House Down stars Channing Tatum as a single father Secret Service agent who must save the President during a hostile takeover of the White House. Variety reports that Woods is in negotiations for the role of the head of the Presidential detail, which seems like excellent casting to me. He'll join the previously-announced Maggie Gyllenhaal, who is playing an agent, and Jamie Foxx, who is playing the President.
Antoine Fuqua's Olympus Has Fallen stars Gerard Butler as a former Secret Service agent who has to protect the President (Aaron Eckhart) when 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is overridden. Deadline reports that Radha Mitchell will play Butler's wife, and THR brings word that Hauser will play a Secret Service agent alongside Butler who helps to protect our country's leader.
Olympus Has Fallen starts filming next week, and White House Down starts rolling next month, so it looks like these projects really are going toe to toe to figure out which one will finish production and come out in theaters first. I still can't shake the feeling that neither of these films will be as good as Air Force One, which saw the President (played by Harrison Ford) and his family captured by Gary Oldman during a midair hijacking of the world's most famous plane. That's not a spectacular movie by any means, but it's cheesy in all the right ways and these upcoming projects would probably benefit from attempting to replicate that sort of tone with such serious subject matter in a post 9/11 world.