For those wondering what we mean by a "Jackie Brown prequel," let's recap, shall we? Elmore Leonard's 1992 novel Rum Punch served as the source material for writer-director Quentin Tarantino's 1997 adaptation, but it wasn't the first time Leonard had written about the characters of Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara, respectively played by Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro in Jackie Brown. Previously, Leonard had used the characters for the first time in his 1978 novel The Switch, which indie writer-director Daniel Schechter (Goodbye Baby) had used for a spec script adaptation that eventually won Leonard over.
With Elmore on board to produce, Schechter moved forward with The Switch earlier this month, casting John Hawkes (Winter's Bone) and Yasiin Bey (Be Kind Rewind), formerly known as Mos Def, in the roles of Louis and Ordell, respectively. Ty Burrell (ABC's Modern Family) was cast in a supporting role last week, and now Deadline reports that Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid are in talks to join the cast as well. fishburne fights cannibals, jacobs grabs a wonderstone >> Posted 02.17.12 by Ryan