[Movies] Cast Additions to Public Enemies
So, I've been spazzing for the better part of two weeks due to Johnny Depp and Christian Bale being cast in Michael Mann's Public Enemies.
Christian Bale is in negotiations to join Johnny Depp in Michael Mann's upcoming "Public Enemies."
According to a person familiar with the situation, Bale will play Melvin Purvis, the legendary FBI agent who led the manhunt for John Dillinger. Depp is starring as Dillinger in the pic, which is set up at Universal and is slated to begin production in March (Daily Variety, Dec. 6).
Mann is producing via his Forward Pass banner, with Kevin Misher and his Misher Films. Jane Rosenthal of Tribeca is exec producing.
Well, this morning Variety broke the news that Channing Tatum (who was originally just in-talks to join) has been added to the cast of Public Enemies by director Michael Mann. Other new cast additions? Giovanni Ribisi, Stephen Dorff, Jason Clarke, and Marion Cotillard.
Director Michael Mann has set Marion Cotillard to join Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in "Public Enemies."
The Depression-era crime drama gets under way in Chicago on March 10 for Universal Pictures.
Channing Tatum, Giovanni Ribisi, Stephen Dorff and Jason Clarke are also joining the cast.
The Oscar-nominated "La Vie en rose" star Cotillard will play Billie Frechette, the lover of the country's most notorious gangster, John Dillinger (Depp).
Tatum will play outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd, Ribisi will play Alvin Karpis, Dorff is near a deal to play Homer Van Meter, and Clarke will play John "Red" Hamilton. That quartet repped a Dillinger gang that knocked off banks all over the Midwest during the Depression.
Bale plays Melvin Purvis, who was tapped by FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover to lead a manhunt that established the FBI as the country's first federal police force after the G-Men killed Dillinger outside the Biograph Theater in 1934.
The shooting script was written by Ronan Bennett, Ann Biderman and Mann. Mann will produce with Kevin Misher. Jane Rosenthal is exec producer.
U, Mann and Misher spent several years developing the film, which came together quickly after the postponement of Depp's expected spring slot, the Warner Bros. drama "Shantaram."
Cotillard is available because the Weinstein Co. postponed "Nine," the Rob Marshall-directed musical she is still expected to star in with Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Sophia Loren. Moving that project forward was a key reason TWC signed an interim deal with the Writer's Guild of America.
Tatum was available after United Artists halted the Oliver Stone-directed "Pinkville." Ribisi has been shooting the James Cameron-directed "Avatar," and Clarke most recently wrapped the Jada Pinkett Smith-directed "The Human Contract" as well as the Paul W.S. Anderson-directed "Death Race."
My reaction: FUCK. YES.
My head is going to explode if I see this movie, y'all. Because not only is it Depp, Bale, and Tatum in the SAME FREAKING MOVIE - it's a gangster movie. About John freaking Dilinger. And Pretty Boy Floyd. And so on. And HOLY FREAKING GOD. WHY IS THIS NOT IN THEATERS, ALREADY?
ETA: AND! Ain't It Cool! is reporting that Channing has been cast as Duke in Stephen Sommer's G.I. Joe and a formal announcement will come later today. *asplodey*
This almost makes me feel not-sad about Pinkville getting canned. Not entirely, but *almost*.
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