UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter is now claiming that both Judd Hirsch (Independence Day) and Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone) are in talks to joint the production. If Universal Pictures, Brian Grazer and Brett Ratner hire anyone else, I don’t know if they’ll have any room left in that Tower.
Matthew Broderick is back on the big screen.
Deadline reports that the actor, who’s spent much of his recent career performing on Broadway, just joined Tower Heist, the upcoming comedy from director Brett Ratner. He’s now part of an interesting ensemble cast that already features Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Tea Leoni, Gabourey Sidibe, and Michael Pena.
Written by Ted Griffin, Jeff Nathanson and a host of Hollywood’s most sought after scribes, Tower Heist tells the story of a Bernie Madoff-like character who is under house arrest in the luxury apartment atop a building. Broderick plays Chase Fitzhugh, a Wall Street guy who had his finances cleared out. Brian Grazer will produce the Universal Pictures release. Filming is set to begin next month in the Big Apple with an eye on a winter 2011 release.
With a stellar cast in place even before Broderick joined, his addition makes Tower Heist that much more promising. Let’s just hope that Ratner doesn’t screw it up.