Bill Murray, Megan Fox & Mickey Rourke Cast in Passion Play

January 16, 2010

Megan Fox and Mickey Rourke

After some run-of-the-mill though cherished comedies in the 80's and 90's, Bill Murray's career took an interesting turn in his much lauded performance in Lost in Translation. Ever since then pretty much every role he's chosen has been unique and yet perfect for the actor (even his turn as Garfield was genius casting even though the movie itself sucked). Murray keeps his interesting choices coming as Heat Vision reports that he has been cast as the villain in Mitch Glazer's romantic thriller Passion Play, which is shooting in New Mexico. Murray joins Megan Fox and Mickey Rourke in, quite literally, one circus freak of a story.

The period story tells the tale of a down-on-his-luck jazz trumpet player (Rourke) who forms a bond with a winged beauty (Fox) who's now part of a sideshow attraction at a carnival (see photo above). He finds some sort of redemption in his life when he saves this "angel" from a seedy gangster named Happy (Murray) who's intent on keeping them apart. Glazer (who also wrote the screenplay) worked with Murray as writer of the holiday comedy Scrooged. The concept itself doesn't exactly sound like the most subtle of dramas, with the metaphor of an angel bringing about redemption, but with a cast like this, I can't help but be intrigued.

This project is already shooting, and that photo at the top is actually from the set in New Mexico. Murray was hired to replace Toby Kebbell as the murderous mobster in this film. Quite a huge age difference for the character, but I'm sure they can make it work. We'll be following this project as it continues shooting.

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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments


Ill never forget that line from Zombieland when Murray got shot. Chick: Do you have any regrets, Mr Murray? Murray: Garfield?

Cody on Jan 16, 2010


Sounds good, lets see how it turns out Murray has done a few worst movies than Garfield. (City of Ember,Charlie's Angels, Mad Dog and Glory and The Man Who Knew Too Little) Guess he was thinking of something people remembers.

Nasty Nate on Jan 16, 2010


megan fox in it unexpeted....

maxi on Jan 16, 2010


I think Murray's performance in Rushmore (and later The Royal Tennenbaums) was where his career took a turn for the better. Prior to that he turned in a solid performance in Groundhog Day and his bit as Bunny Breckinridge in Ed Wood was priceless.

matt on Jan 16, 2010


I'd have to disagree with you alex. I dont think Lost in translation changed Bill Murray's acting path. I believe it was Rushmore. Wes Anderson got the best out of him first not Sofia Coppola.

PJ H on Jan 16, 2010


Loved his cameo in Zombieland!

Lincoln on Jan 17, 2010


I liked Bill Murray in Zombieland, He even said in that he regretted doing Garfield if you listen to the chat I think it was a joke thought. Look forward to Ghostbusters 3. I will be different to see him as the Villain in Passion play, It will stretch is talent.

Cineprog on Jan 17, 2010


All I can say is that it sounds interesting, Bill Murray is a great actor and Mickey Rourke has always surprised me with his acting. An unexpected cast makes me very curious.

Nuika on Jan 18, 2010


Wicked.The 3 are gonna make a hell of a team.

Fisherr on May 7, 2010

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