Kevin Bacon Joins Rainn Wilson in Super
12.20.09 by BJSprecher
Writer-director James Gunn has been developing his new picture, Super, for years and the final pieces of the pre-production puzzle are finally falling into place with the addition of another lead actor and a new producer. According to Screen Daily, Amanda Marshall of Ambush Entertainment has joined the production team and Kevin Bacon has signed on to star opposite Rainn Wilson.
Super tells the story of an ordinary man (Wilson) who puts on a superhero costume and goes out in search of the drug dealer (Bacon) who has charmed away his wife (Liv Tyler). First announced via his personal website back in September, Gunn said that Super is "not a spoof" of superhero movies, but rather a "dark, comedic, gritty, very unusual, and grounded film" with themes of "love, violence, perseverance, and faith."
Gunn was recently quoted as saying that Bacon is the perfect actor for the role of Jacques, the drug dealer, because of his range.
Kevin Bacon is one of the few actors nimble enough to give life to Jacques, our supervillain with a nice streak. We need to love Jacques even while he's doing horrible things – Kevin is one of the only actors I know who can pull that off.
Super will also star Ellen Page as Libby, a "kid sidekick" to Wilson's costumed alter-ego the Crimson Bolt.