Oscar Isaac Joins Viggo Mortensen in The Two Faces of January
07.01.12 by Ryan
Since playing Aragorn in Lord of the Rings trilogy, actor Viggo Mortensen has been extremely cautious about what roles he would accept, choosing to work with director David Cronenberg on movies like A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. After shooting the 2009 apocalyptic drama The Road, Mortensen revealed he wanted to take a break from acting, and once he returned, he turned down role after role in projects like The Man of Steel, Snow White and the Huntsman and Enders Game. Explaining this is only to say that when Mortensen accepts a role, it's likely that it's going to be good if not at least interesting, and a year ago the actor accepted a role in the upcoming thriller The Two Faces of January, which is finally moving forward with the addition of Oscar Isaac.
Based on the 1964 novel by Patricia Highsmith, whose books Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley were also turned into movies, the story follows a con artist, his wife and a stranger who have to flee the country of Greece after one of them murders a police officer. Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini, who ironically also helped write Snow White and the Huntsman, adapted the book into a script and is planning to make the project his directorial debut.
Variety reports that Isaac is in negotiations to co-star in the movie with Mortensen, though who he is playing who was not specified. Our money's on Mortensen as the con artist, with Isaac playing the stranger. Isaac isn't exactly a household name, but his career has been slowly building momentum with appearances in Drive and the upcoming Coen Brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis and The Bourne Legacy.
Production on The Two Faces of January will begin at the end of the year, though its unclear who will be releasing the movie and when.