Timothy Olyphant Joins I Am Number Four
05.13.10 by Ryan
After protecting a small Iowa town from a virus in The Crazies, Timothy Olyphant is going to protect a teenage alien hiding in a small Ohio town.
Variety reports that Olyphant has joined I Am Number Four, the adaptation of James Frey (the faux-memoir A Million Little Pieces and Jobie Hughes' upcoming novel, after Sharlto Copley (District 9) dropped out of the movie.
Copley left after "scheduling conflicts" due to the press tour for The A-Team forced him to drop out. FilmDrunk reported a different reason, stating that "creative differences" arose when Copley requested Spock ears and a prosthetic nose for the role, but that story is unverified and should be thought of as a fun rumor for now.
For those unfamiliar with the project, you're not alone, considering the book won't be out until August. We do have the synopsis that was released in March, though.
I AM NUMBER FOUR focuses on the fate of nine gifted children and their guardians, the sole survivors of a bitter war on their home planet called Lorien, who have settled on Earth under the protection of a charm that means their enemies can only kill them in numeric order. Three of the nine are dead; the novel's narrator is number Four. The nine children and their guardians evacuate to earth and the protagonist, a Lorien boy named John Smith, hides in Paradise, Ohio, as a human and tries to evade his predators.
Alex Pettyfer (Stormbreaker) is set to play John, with Olyphant playing the guardian role (sans Spock ears). D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) directs, with Michael Bay producing. I am Number Four was recently given the release date of February 18, 2011, just six months after the book is released.