Brendan Fraser, Matt Dillon and Craig Robinson Want to Get Freaky Deaky
06.04.11 by Ryan
Author Elmore Leonard has had a prolific writing career that goes back to the 1950's and has had several of his books turned into movies, including 1995's Get Shorty, 1997's Jackie Brown (based on his novel Rum Punch) and 1998's Out of Sight, to name a few. The latest adaptation is Freaky Deaky, Leonard's 1988 novel about a couple of '60s radicals that decide to make money in the 1970s with their bomb-making skills, which is being adapted and directed by Charles Matthau. The movie is already assembling a great cast.
Deadline reports that Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, William H. Macy and Craig Robinson have joined the cast of Freaky Deaky. Dillon will play Chris Mankowski, a Vietnam veteran turned Detroit police sergeant on the force's bomb squad, while Fraser will play Skip Gibbs, a former '60s radical who's now a Hollywood dynamite expert. Macy plays an alcoholic playboy millionaire who is threatened by Skip and his girlfriend to pay $3 million or have his house blown up, and Robinson plays Donnell Lewis, Woody's driver and ex-Black Panther who is looking to cash in. Sienna Miller was already cast as Robin, the other '60s radical and Skip's girlfriend, last week.
The synopsis to Freaky Deaky, according to its Amazon page, is below.
Leonard starts and ends his latest page turner with a bang, and between explosions we meet a vivid group of characters who are mainly veterans of the youth rebellion of the 1960s. Chief among them are Chris Mankowski, 38-year-old Detroit police sergeant, newly transferred from the bomb squad to sex crimes; Woody Ricks, alcoholic auto scion; Donnell Lewis, ex-Black Panther who is acting as Woody's driver, nursemaid and would-be swindler; Robin Abbott, ex-con, ex-fugitive (she bombed a federal office building) who has plans for a million dollar movie based on Woody's life, with help from her old boyfriend and erstwhile bombing partner Skip Gibbs, now a movie dynamite expert. The only character who does not have ties to the '60s is Greta ("Who's Huey Newton?") Wyatt, stage-named Ginger Jones, who meets Chris when she reports that Woody has assaulted her. When Chris pursues the investigation, he is suspended from the force, ostensibly for non-residence in Detroit but really because of Woody's clout. Now determined to get to the bottom of things, Chris is caught up in a web of scams plotted by Robin, Skip and Donnell.
Production on Freaky Deaky starts June 27 in Detroit.