21 Jump Street, Taken 2, and Elysium Add Cast Members
Posted 04.08.11 by Ryan
Several projects have added cast members this week, so we've compiled the news into one convenient post for your reading convenience.
Just last month, Liam Neeson was officially back for Taken 2, the sequel to director Pierre Morel's highly successful 2009 thriller. Producer Luc Besson has lined up Transporter 3 director Olivier Megaton for sequel, with a script from Taken screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen, and with Neeson back on board, it only make sense to bring back Maggie Grace, who played Neeson's daughter and kidnapping victim in the original.
Deadline reports that Grace's deal for the sequel is finalized, though don't expect her to be "taken" again. Neeson hinted in February that he might be the one that gets nabbed in the sequel. Though the tables may be turned on Neeson, we don't see Grace's character suddenly discovering a "particular set of skills" that allow her to track down her father.
Columbia Pictures' upcoming remake of 21 Jump Street has been slowly acquiring cast members since it announced that Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were confirmed as the movie's leads last December. In February, Ice Cube was added to the cast as the chief of the undercover unit, followed by last month's addition of Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) as the female lead role of Molly.
But every good cop movie needs a villain, even a comedic one, and Variety reports that Rob Riggle (The Hangover) is in negotiations to play one. No details on how his character is integrated into the plot of the movie, which is based on the Fox TV show about undercover cops working in high schools and colleges.
Hill helped come up with the movie's story, with Scott Pilgrim screenwriter MIchael Bacall on scripting duty. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs are directing the movie, with production starting later this month for a March 16, 2012, release.
William Fichtner may not be a household name, but his penchant for producing memorable supporting roles is impressive. Whether he's playing an aggressive undercover cop/Amway-type salesman in 1999's Go, a shotgun-blasting bank manger in 2008's The Dark Knight, or, most recently, as a supernatural operative of Satan in Drive Angry, Fichtner is almost everywhere these days, including director Neill Blomkamp's upcoming sci-fi project, Elysium.
Variety reports Fichtner is in talks to join Blomkamp's follow-up to District 9, about which little is known. Elysium is reportedly set a hundred years into the future, but other details about the movie are scarce.
Fichtner joins a cast that includes Sharlto Copley, Matt Damon, and Fichtner's Contact co-star, Jodie Foster. Elysium starts shooting in Vancouver in July, then transfers to Mexico City. Sony Pictures will release the movie on March 8, 2013.