A couple of interesting bits of news on the block: Ben Affleck’s new directorial effort gets more acting ammo and Russell Crowe and Paul Haggis are set to take things to the house.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Jeremy Renner, so powerful in The Hurt Locker, is in negotiations to join the cast of The Town, Affleck’s next directing gig after the great Gone Baby Gone. The film will star Rebecca Hall as a bank manager, Affleck as the criminal who steals her heart and makes off with a bundle, and Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm as the FBI agent set to bust the crook and his gang. Renner, if signed, will play Affleck’s best friend and a member of his gang.
This project is doing very well; it has already landed two great rising stars and two of my favorite talents in Hamm and Renner and has the added bonus of having Affleck at the helm. All signs point to awesome on this flick….but I’ve been wrong before (insert strings).
Variety reports that Crowe and Haggis will team up for The Next Three Days, where Crowe will play a teacher whose wife is convicted of a murder she didn’t commit and he comes up with a desperate plan to free her. The film is an adaptation of a 2008 French film called Pour Elan. If you ask me (I know you didn’t, but I’m gonna tell you anyway), the whole thing sounds pretty standard. But it might be fun to see Haggis do something that doesn’t trip over its social conscience at every moment, desperately convinced of its own importance.