‘Mad Men’s’ Vincent Kartheiser Joins Niccol’s Thriller

Vincent KartheiserWell this is certainly turning into a cast for the ages. Vincent Kartheiser joins Andrew Niccol’s untitled sci-fi thriller about a global population that doesn’t live past 25 that also stars Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, and Cillian Murphy.

The addition of Kartheiser adds to the level of pedigree the previously hired cast members are bringing to the film. Kartheiser plays the smarmy Peter on Mad Men and it looks like his turn on the show is bringing in some rewards on the feature front. Seyfried is a great actress when she isn’t doing stuff like Dear John and Jennifer’s Body. What do you mean that’s all she does? Oh well, hopefully this’ll get her better parts. Murphy’s biggest roles have been in the revamped Batman movies and Inception so he knows his way around a big budget thriller. And then there is Timberlake. Oh Justin Timberlake, that magnificent bastard. Word on the street (it was in chalk) is that he could be up for an Oscar for The Social Network. I’d love to see that cover of Tiger Beat.

The story is set in a world where people die on their quarter-centennial celebration (not quite a celebration then, huh?) unless they can afford to buy more time. Basically, it’s Hugh Hefner’s dream.

Anyway, Timberlake plays a punk kid who kidnaps some rich dude’s (Kartheiser) daughter (Seyfried). Murphy is a “Timekeeper”, or lawman for the immortal. Little else is known about the film, but based on its cast and logline it could turn out to be a smart and futuristic thriller ala Minority Report. And with Niccol writing and directing – this being the man responsible for The Truman Show and Gattaca – I’m very excited to learn more about this ambitious project. 

Once called I’m.mortal, Niccol’s spec script is now untitled, which is a good thing because I’m.mortal is the dumbest name given to any piece of literature ever in the history of the written word. Actually, I’ll go as far as to say it’s the dumbest name ever given to anything in the history of the universe. Not only is it a play on words, it gets all cutesy with the punctuation. I’d like to kick that title right in the comma. But it sounds like a good movie despite its former headache-inducing title.

Source: Variety