Casting: Kevin Bacon to 'R.I.P.D.', Willem Dafoe Ships to 'Pacific Rim', Robert Patrick Joins the 'Gangster Squad'

Casting: Kevin Bacon to 'R.I.P.D.', Willem Dafoe Ships to 'Pacific Rim', Robert Patrick Joins the 'Gangster Squad'

Jul 29, 2011

Actor Kevin BaconHollywood has a lot of big projects in the early stages of development, and that can only mean one thing: casting news! Here’s the latest on three famous actors who’ve either signed on to new projects are in the process of doing so.

Fans of “six degrees of Kevin Bacon” may be able to add some new links to their favorite game now that the actor is in final negotiations to star as the villain (opposite Ryan Reynolds) in the big screen adaptation of the supernatural-themed comic R.I.P.D.. The film finds Reynolds' playing a cop killed in the line of duty who’s then recruited to the Rest in Peace Department – a police force for the afterlife. While on the job, Reynolds will hunt down the man who killed him – which we’re assuming would be Bacon.

This could mark the second big villain role for the actor – he was also a bad guy in this summer’s X-Men: First Class.

Guillermo Del Toro’s big budget alien flick, Pacific Rim, continues to add cast members. Variety reports that Rob Kazinsky has officially joined the project and that veteran actor Willem Dafoe is in early negotiations to come aboard the project as well. Dafoe is up for the part of a “rogue scientist with expertise on alien creatures” who would help the human forces in their ongoing war against alien invaders. Sounds like a good fit. If Dafoe signs on, he’ll join Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, and Charlie Day on the highly anticipated feature.

Recently, reports circulated that Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston was set to join the cast of Ruben Fleischer’s period flick Gangster Squad. Those reports have turned out to be false – and now it appears as though Robert Patrick will play the role Cranston was eyeing. Showblitz says Patrick will star opposite Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, and Anthony Mackie in the film, which chronicles the LAPD’s attempts to keep gangsters out of the City of Angels in the 1940s.

Patrick is set to play Max Kennard, a straight arrow officer from Texas who enforces the law to the letter. We love Bryan Cranston, but we’re even more excited to see Patrick getting to work in such a big project. The guy’s an underrated actor who deserves to be in these kinds of roles. 

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