'Watchmen' Star Jeffrey Dean Morgan & Anthony Hopkins Take 'Solace'
After playing The Comedian in Zack Synder's film adaptation of Watchmen, it looked like Jeffrey Dean Morgan was poised for breakout success. But starring in a series of disappointing movies like The Losers, The Possession, and Red Dawn hasn't done much to convince the public that he's more than a poor man's American version of Javier Bardem. But hopefully this next project will put him back on the rise, as THR reports Morgan is joining Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell in a supernatural thriller called Solace. The film marks the English language debut of Brazilian director Afonso Poyart (Two Rabbits). Read on!
As the iconic Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, the Oscar-winning Hopkins has experience playing someone with a peculiar specialty who is called upon to help stop a serial killer. He'll be doing something similar here, starring as a former doctor with psychic abilities who's recruited by a veteran FBI agent (Morgan) to track down a serial killer (Farrell). The trouble arises when the specialist realizes that the killer also has psychic abilities, meaning the two men can detect the other's next move.
Sounds like an interesting premise, and maybe starring in a solid thriller like this opposite two larger stars could give Morgan himself some added star power. There's the danger that this movie could end up being like the climactic battle in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which - spoiler alert - plays out almost entirely in the minds of the hero and villain. Hopefully Poyart and writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) can infuse the story with some real stakes, and with Hopkins, Farrell, and Morgan on board, we know the acting will be worthwhile. Filming begins on May 20th of this year, so we'll keep a lookout for more on Solace.