He'll join Nora Arnezeder in director Franck Khalfoun's reimagining of William Lustig's gory cult film, according to BloodyDisgusting.com.
In the original film, a serial killer stalks and kills various young women in New York as revenge for the mistreatment he received from his abusive mother.
Didn't we just find out yesterday that some source is definitely totally sure that Olivia Wilde and Bradley Cooper are spending their extra-curricular hours together? Now, they're starring opposite each other in The Words? Either something is amiss or these two crazy kids are breaking the cardinal sin of professionalism: inner-office romance (or inner-set romance). Then again, it's not like there haven't been hundreds of other celebrity couples formed this way, but you're supposed to hook up DURING filming, not BEFORE they start filming. Things could go all sour before the cameras ever roll and then what? Didn't Vince learn this lesson on Entourage? Yes, yes he did. Come on, Cooper.
In all seriousness though, The Words is a dramatic thriller that's already got a decent cast lined up, including Cooper and newly-added Wilde, Jeremy Irons, and Dennis Quaid. In addition to Wilde, the cast just grew a bit with the addition of J.K. Simmons, Zoe Saldana, Ben Barnes, Nora Arnezeder, and John Hannah. Cooper plays a very successful writer who's achieved greatness by stealing another man's work. Of course, the truth always comes out, and he soon learns that he has to face the consequences of his unsavory actions.
This flick should be a bit of a reunion for Wilde and the set of directors, TRON: Legacy writers Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal. It's the duo's directorial debut, but they also penned the script together. Now, before you get worried because the TRON script was so...dismal? Boring? Flat? Lacking much of a story at all? Think about this: the script was pushed through the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab and it was on the Black List (that list of the year's best unproduced screenplays), so they've at least got a pretty good base to work with.
Source: Vulture, Comingsoon.net
UPDATE: Now it looks like Mel Gibson is in talks to join Sleight of Hand as well, according to Variety. This would be his first project after the release of The Beaver and, you know, that whole domestic abuse thing. I haven't seen the movie, so I can't speak on it's qualities, but it's no surprise that Gibson is still getting work. This is Hollywood after all. He's a talented filmmaker, and regardless of his personal life he'll probably continue to get work for years to come.
EARLIER: For director Brad Mirman, Sleight of Hand is a blessing. The action comedy from producer Rionda del Castro is the biggest production he's ever been a part of and he's just scored a great cast to carry it. Hannibal Pictures, the company behind the movie, announced today that Kiefer Sutherland, Gerard Depardieu, Til Schweiger, Thomas Jane, Johnny Hallyday, Jon Lovitz and Eric Cantona will all play small time crooks in the France-set film.
The story follows the crooks in Paris, who inadvertently end up possessing a rare gold coin belonging to a notorious French gangster. The leader of the crew calls his uncle (Depardieu), a retired criminal, to help them raise the money to repay the gangster. The series of mix-ups and double crosses culminate as the gangs are pit face to face, chasing through Paris. French actors Jean Luc Couchard, Nora Arnezeder and Patrice Cols will also take roles in the picture, which will shoot in Paris this July through September.
In my opinion, you can never see too much of Paris in movies, so if the script is funny enough and the cast gels Sleight of Hand could be a quirky little winner.
Source: Coming Soon
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
It’s Paris 1936 and the winds of war are circling. The depression has created hard economic times and the Chansonia Music Hall just to north of the city has closed down leaving three show biz workers out of a job. Stage hand Pigoil is worried he could lose custody of his 12-year-old son. Milou is a hot-headed electrician and a ladies' man who is determined to have his voice heard. Jacky sold sandwiches there but has his own dreams of starring on stage. When fate intervenes the three get the chance to produce a show that could save the theater and change their lives forever.
WHO’S IN IT?
A superlative French cast is led by veteran Gerard Jugnot as Pigoil who brings gravitas and warmth to the central role. Kad Merad steals all his scenes as the hapless Jacky whose talent for imitation leaves something to be desired. Comedy legend Pierre Richard returns as the mysterious Monsieur TSF who makes the dream possible while Clovis Cornillac gets all the nuances of Milou down pat. Best of all as Douce a young girl hired for the big show is first-timer Nora Arnezeder a major new talent who bewitches with dual acting and singing abilities that make her one to watch.
Co-writer and director Christophe Barratier more than confirms the promise he showed in his first directorial effort The Chorus another music-heavy project for which he received two Oscar nominations. With the help of a first-rate production team he has created a part of Paris that may never have really existed but personifies the romantic ideal we have of the City of Lights. His purely delectable and visually enchanting film is a throwback to the kind of musicals we don’t see anymore. And the song numbers all in French are just sensational.
There’s a little bit too much emphasis on French politics of the time but overall this is a wonderful cinematic valentine to an era long gone.
A Busby Berkeley-style song and dance number is lots of fun to watch and recalls the best of the Warner Bros. musicals of the '30s.