Miles Teller Set to Lead 'The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang'
Last year was a good one for Miles Teller. His indie Whiplash was a huge Oscar contender (even though his performance wasn't), and he also had three other films released in 2014 (Divergent, That Awkward Moment and Two Night Stand). This year he's almost as busy with The Divergent Series: Insurgent coming next week, the boxing drama Bleed for This arriving sometime this year, and the comic book reboot Fantastic Four looking promising (watch the trailer). Now he has another project for his future slate as The Wrap reports he will lead The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang, based on The Atavist article.
Josh Dean wrote the article about a group of Canadian criminals who robbed North American banks in the 1980s without ever having to fire their guns. The gang of thieves robbed around 100 banks, stealing about $10 million throughout their run. The article chronicles the glory days of the group and looks deep into the myth of the success of these thieves. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) will direct the film, but there's no word on who will script the film just yet. Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark are producing through their Bluegrass Films production banner situated at Universal, and Fleischer will produce too.
The members of this thieving team include Lionel Wright, "a meticulous introvert who could disappear in a room full of people," Paddy Mitchell, "a charming and well-connected crook who saw an angle in everything and would go to any lengths to avoid the hell of being locked away," and Stephen Reid, "a fearless point man who could find the weakness in any system and whose story — of addiction and descent into crime, of redemption and literary fame — was all prelude to a tragic but life-saving fall from grace." The trade doesn't know which character Teller will play, but he could really fit into any of those roles, so we'll see what happens. It sounds like the film is early in development, so we'll see how it plays out.