Will Forte & Tim Robbins 'Switch' Roles with Ty Burrell & Dennis Quaid
It's been a weird pre-production trajectory so far for the untitled film based on Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch. Writer/director Dan Schechter wrote a spec screenplay, gained the favor of Leonard, producer Michael Siegel, and even Tarantino - who directed Jackie Brown, to which this movie is a sort of prequel - and locked down John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Jennifer Aniston, and Isla Fisher for the cast. "Modern Family" star Ty Burrell and Dennis Quaid were once attached, too, but now Variety reports that Will Forte and Tim Robbins have come on to take over those respective roles as they head toward a start date. Read on!
Bey (formerly Mos Def) and Hawkes play younger versions of small time crooks Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara (once played by Sam Jackson and Robert De Niro), and the story, set fifteen years before the events of Jackie Brown, centers around their plan to ransom a rich developer's wife (Aniston). But after the deed is done and the developer doesn't want his wife back, she gets pissed and teams with the crooks to exact her revenge. Forte will play a married country club member who has a crush on the housewife and witnesses the kidnapping, while Robbins will play the sleazy husband.
I'm kind of bummed that Burrell won't be a part of this cast, but since he's popping up in the upcoming Muppets sequel, at least we'll see him on the big screen again sometime soon. Forte seems like a good enough replacement, though, and Robbins needs to cultivate some good will after his talents were totally wasted in Green Lantern, though those problems were mostly with the script and not the actor. We're hoping they both fit well into Leonard's quick-witted, crime-filled universe. I also have my fingers crossed for a Michael Keaton cameo as ATF Agent Ray Nicollete, who recently appeared on our list of favorite non-superhero movie character crossovers. Like these replacements?