Gerard Butler is the Latest to Head to 'Motor City' with Albert Hughes
The gestating thriller Motor City has had an interesting path to the big screen. The script was on the 2009 Black List, follows a small time felon who seeks revenge on the men who framed him, and is notable for the protagonist only having one line of dialogue in the whole film. But who will lead it? First, Dominic Cooper was attached, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Then, Jake Gyllenhaal jumped on board for literally one day before he dropped out as well, Jeremy Renner was offered the part and turned it down, and now Variety reports that 300 star Gerard Butler is in talks to star for director Albert Hughes. More below!
Butler is coming out of a stint in rehab, so I'm glad he's getting back to work and everything seems to be OK. The only issue with his involvement in Motor City is that it calls into question the actor's availability for the diamond-heist thriller Brilliant. Honestly though, this is an upgrade in my mind because he'll be working opposite Amber Heard as the female lead and the real draw of the project, Gary Oldman as the villain. Still no word on whether or not that whole "one line of dialogue" thing is still holding true at this point in development, but with big names like Butler and Oldman attached, it almost doesn't matter anymore.
I'm glad Butler sought help for himself before he became another drugged up cliche. I'm stoked to see his performance in Coriolanus and Machine Gun Preacher. Motor City sounds good, and hopefully we don't have to wait too long.
Xerxexx on Mar 29, 2012
The real draw is Oldman? Must not have heard of the Butler fans, of which I am a proud member...:)
livingwest on Mar 29, 2012
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