Sam Worthington to Lead 'For the Dogs' Adaptation from Philip Noyce
For a stretch around 2009, it seemed as if every executive in Hollywood suddenly received the same memo: "cast Sam Worthington in any blockbuster you can." But things have quieted down a little for the Aussie actor in recent years, he starred in some lower profile projects like The Debt and Texas Killing Fields, and now Variety reports that he has a new non-franchise film in the works. He'll play the lead role in the indie action thriller For the Dogs, an adaptation of Kevin Wignall's 2007 novel that has Salt director Phillip Noyce set to helm and Rampart writer/director Oren Moverman writing the screenplay. More below!
The story revolves around a lone assassin (Worthington) in Italy who keeps an eye on a young college girl as a favor to her father. When the girl's entire family is murdered, the assassin reluctantly agrees to help her get revenge, even though the only thing he really wants is to reconnect with his former girlfriend and his estranged daughter. No surprise that Noyce is interested in this story since it sounds like exactly the type of film he's been making his entire career, and here's hoping Worthington can bring something to the role that elevates it above your standard movie hitman.
Worthington is also producing with Anthony Rhulen, Navid McIlhargey John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz as well as Paul Leyden, who took the first crack at the script before Moverman took over the writing duties. No word yet on when filming begins, but since his next film Ten (which also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger) was filming back in October, it's a good bet that production has wrapped and Worthington's schedule is freed up. Perhaps Juno Temple will be cast as the young college girl, since she seems to be the new name on all of the Hollywood exec's memos these days. Thoughts?