Casting Roundup: Elba in 'The Gunman' Neo-Noir; Hemsworth in 'Cut Bank' Thriller; McCarthy in 'B.O.O.'

Casting Roundup: Elba in 'The Gunman' Neo-Noir; Hemsworth in 'Cut Bank' Thriller; McCarthy in 'B.O.O.'

Jun 14, 2013

Jean-Patrick Manchette's novel The Prone Gunman tells the story of a French hit man, Martin Terrier, who wants to quit the killing business to settle down and get married. His employers have a different retirement plan in mind for the stealthy assassin. Taken filmmaker Pierre Morel is directing the adaptation of the violent, neo-noir tale, retitled The Gunman, which already has Sean Penn and Javier Bardem on board. Now THR is reporting that Idris Elba is in talks to play the part of a mysterious operative named Dupont.

The award-winning actor will appear in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim next month, which leaves plenty of time for him to join the Gunman shoot that is slated to kick off in Barcelona and across Europe this month. The studio would like to turn the story into a franchise. That's exciting since Manchette wrote the 1977 novel Fatale (the best title ever) that features a female assassin — and we need more badass girls with guns in our movies. Pete Travis wrote the screenplay for Gunman, which leaves us to wonder what Manchette would think of it. He was a prolific screenwriter and saw a few of his works get the big-screen treatment, though not all made it to the theater. Do you like the way the cast of Gunman is shaping up so far?

TV director Matt Shakman is stepping behind the camera for the thriller Cut Bank, which just added Liam Hemsworth to its cast. Black List scribe Roberto Patino (Sons of Anarchy) wrote the story about a former athlete who wants to leave his life as a mechanic in Cut Bank, Montana (the coldest town in America) behind. His dreams take a nosedive when a series of deadly events changes his life and the town forever. Hemsworth would play the 25-year-old lead Dwayne McLaren. The script has been called "uniquely thrilling, darkly comic and incredibly soulful."

Hemsworth joins John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Teresa Palmer, Bruce Dern, Oliver Platt and Michael Stuhlbarg for Shakman's big-screen debut. 

Funny lady Melissa McCarthy will lend her voice to DreamWorks Animation's B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, slated for a June 5, 2015 release. She'll star opposite Seth Rogen as a novice government agent who happens to be a bit of an oddball. The agency is dedicated to shielding humans from "evil hauntings," and, well, the agents are ghosts. (Get it now??? B.O.O. ??? D'aww.) The duo uncovers a secret plot by the agency's "Most Wanted Haunted" to destroy the organization. They battle a powerful enemy ghost army and save Earth from total destruction.

Tony Leondis directs the paranormal tale, with Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots) on script duties. It sounds like a cute project for the Heat star, who will team up with Sandra Bullock for crime comedy shenanigans on June 28.

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