Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck & Michael B. Jordan Hear 'Triple Nine'
After getting all sorts of awards attention for 12 Years a Slave, the recently Golden Globe and SAG-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is looking to work with Lawless director John Hillcoat in the crime drama Triple Nine. Back in 2010, Shia LaBeouf was slated to star in the film, but when it resurfaced earlier this year, Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy") was tapped to lead the film with Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett in town. Now Casey Affleck is replacing Hunnam as the lead in the film about a group of thieves who plan to kill a young LAPD officer to divert the police away from a daring heist they’re perpetrating across town. The title refers to the code used when a police officer needs assitance. Read on!
As for Ejiofor, The Wrap reports he'll play the leader of the gang. But in this band of criminals will be Michael B. Jordan, playing a street-wise cop who ends up partnering with Affleck to set up the ringleader. Waltz was previously lined up to play the main character's uncle, a fellow cop who happens to be investigating the very same criminals. Meanwhile, Blanchett was said to be on the opposite side of the law as a notorious mobster's wife who is the mastermind behind the heist. It is hoped that Waltz and Blanchett will still be involved when production begins next year, but the latter may have an issue with scheduling. There are some other supporting roles that need to be filled with some name talents circling those parts.
This is a hell of a cast to assemble, especially in the wake of this year's awards race. Ejiofor is getting praise and nominations left and right for 12 Years a Slave, while Casey Affleck is at least in the running for some nominations for a solid turn in Out of the Furnace. Michael B. Jordan is sadly being ignored for his turn in Fruitvale Station, but the indie world and critics abound have given him plenty of praise. Since the project was first reported in 2010, the script has reportedly changed considerably, but we hope this time the film ends up getting off the ground, especially with a cast like this.