Jennifer Aniston & Dennis Quaid Lined Up for Adaptation of 'Switch'
A couple weeks ago, it was announced that John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) joined a film adaptation of Switch, an Elmore Leonard novel that features many of the same characters as Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown. But even though Switch takes place 15 years prior to Rum Punch, the novel on which Jackie Brown is based, the movie is not exactly a prequel but another story in Elmore Leonard's fictional universe. Now more big names are in talks to join as Deadline reports Jennifer Aniston may star as a kidnapped wife with a vengeful streak and Dennis Quaid playing her sleazy husband. More below!
Dan Schechter wrote and will direct the film, which features Hawkes and Bey playing Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie, ex-cons who kidnap Aniston's character and hold her hostage. But when her lowlife husband (Quaid) sees this as a way to get rid of his wife and refuses to pay the ransom, the criminals team up with the scorned wife to get all of his money. "Modern Family" star Ty Burrell recently joined the cast as a married country club member who witnesses the kidnapping, so this movie is shaping up to be excellent. I'm a huge fan of both Jackie Brown and "Justified," the Elmore Leonard television adaptation currently airing on FX, so I can't wait to return to the author's universe on the big screen.
At least JA's not doing some cheesy romantic comedy like she usually does. I'm not a big fan of hers (my 64 year old father has a hard on for her), and I don't think she's a great actress, but I do think variety in your career is important.
Quanah on Feb 16, 2012
Many of Leonard's great books have been adapted to the screen, but few have captured the genius of his gift for writing, especially his dialogue. The exceptions: Out of Sight (1998) Jackie Brown (1997) Get Shorty (1995) I'm looking forward to seeing Switch with John Hawkes playing Louis Gara. But I'm not so sure about Mos Def being able to pull off Ordell Robbie. I like Tyler Burrell from TV's Modern Family and look forward to seeing more from him. Jennifer Aniston was great in The Good Girl (2002) and will probably play a good victim who turns the table on Dennis Quaid. Looking forward to the movie, and hoping to be pleasantly surprised...
Bob on Feb 16, 2012
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