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Anna Kendrick, Sam Elliott and More Joining 'The Company You Keep'

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October 11, 2011
Source: Variety

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Honestly, it's hard to believe that the cast of Robert Redford's adaptation of Neil Gordon's novel The Company You Keep could improve with Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Stanley Tucci and Chris Cooper already involved. Well, today Variety has word on five more cast members signing on for the film including Anna Kendrick (50/50), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges), Sam Elliott (Up in the Air), Terrence Howard (Iron Man) and Jackie Evancho, a stellar 11-year old singer who made a name for herself after an amazing performance on the competition TV series "America's Got Talent."

Lem Dobbs, the man behind Haywire and The Limey, is adapting the novel which tells the story of Jim Grant, a former Weather Underground member (Redford) who is pursued by a reporter (LaBeouf) hell-bent on exposing his identity as a former political radical and his involvement in a botched robbery. Kendrick will play Diana, a young FBI agent and LaBeouf's former flame who provides him with information he needs to uncover the truth about Grant and the Bank of Michigan robbery. Meanwhile, Howard will play Cornelius, the senior FBI agent on the case who has pursued Grant across the nation and now leads the task force assigned to take down the Weather Underground fugitives who have been on the run for three decades.

Finally Gleeson is playing a retired Michigan Chief of Police who investigated the bank robbery in the 1960s, Elliott plays a marijuana trade employer, and Evancho will be Redford's daughter who recently lost her mother and is unaware of her father's militant past. This film sounds quite promising with an ensemble like this, and might even have the making of a great thriller along the lines of All the President's Men, which had one Redford's most revered performance. It's a tall order to live up to such a a great film like that, but that doesn't mean it couldn't happen. Here's hoping it turns out better than Lions for Lambs at least.

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