Steve Buscemi, Sigourney Weaver and More Joining 'Rampart'
by Ethan Anderton
September 14, 2010
We've only previously heard about this project in a couple different Casting Tidbits updates, but this new chunk of casting it pretty sizable to file with other minor casting news. Variety has the word on a slew of new actors joining Rampart, a crime drama from director Oren Moverman (The Messenger). Joining the already cast Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster and Ice Cube will be the talents of Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, Anne Heche (on the verge of a comeback), Cynthia Nixon and Robin Wright. Moverman also wrote the film with James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) which takes place during a real life scandal amongst the L.A.P.D.
More specifically the film uses a scandal within the Rampart Division of the L.A.P.D. from the late 90's as a backdrop for a fictional story following a veteran police officer (Harrelson) caught up in the scandal, and his search for redemption. The scandal itself resulted in more than 70 officers being implicated in misconduct including unprovoked shootings, beatings, planting of evidence, framing of suspects, stealing and dealing narcotics, bank robbery, perjury and covering up violence. The film marks the first project from Amalgam Features who's fresh on the film industry scene as a new company. Sounds like we've got quite a project in the making that doesn't sound all that different from a film like Traffic, and that's definitely a compliment. Sound good?
these law enforcement movies have grown tiresome.........but with steve buscemi involved, i'll have to at least check it out - he's great in everything.
beavis on Sep 14, 2010
"Rampart" was the working title for fx's "The Shield". Got my hopes up that Shawn Ryan was involved and they were making a movie. But I'm sure with Ellroy's involvement the script will be great, the talent sounds good so I hope the director takes the right angle and makes a great movie. Vinny Chase for the lead role anyone??? (Last part's a joke)
Ed on Sep 15, 2010
gee whiz...do ya think they will keep it close to reality and show just how corrupt and contemptuous the L.A. Rampart division REALLY is???? doubt anyone would believe it if they did...
blasphemer on Sep 16, 2010
Really looking forward to this. Aside from LA Confidential (which had a similarly impressive cast), has there really been any worthwhile adaptation of Ellroy's work?
Corran Horn on Sep 27, 2010
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