Asa Butterfield to Blackmail Clive Owen in 'King of the Kastle' Comedy
After fighting an alien force in Ender's Game, young actor Asa Butterfield is going to dabble in comedy for a future project. The Wrap reports the star of Hugo is currently in talks to join King of the Kastle, an indie comedy that also stars Clive Owen, another actor who hasn't venture into the funny genre. The film will follow Owen as a philanderer who is blackmailed by a teenager (Butterfield). We're not sure just what kind of information the teen has to blackmail someone like Owen, but these two in an indie comedy is compelling enough. Plus, the fantastic Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) has an unknown role.
Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka will make their directorial debut after scripting Jonah Hill's comedy The Sitter recently. They also have the feature film adaptation of Baywatch in development and the Jackie Chan movie Skiptrace with Seann William Scott. Michael Benaroya (Margin Call) and Jonathan Gordon (Silver Linings Playbook) are producing the film, so maybe some more big on-screen talent will join the project if the cast needs it. This could be a film we encounter on the festival circuit when the time comes, and we're very interested to see how Owen and Butterfield fare with comedy. Thoughts?