Casting Bits: Robocop, 2 Guns, Red 2

Fred Ward in  Exit Speed (2008) Movie Image

Three bits of movie casting news today…

The first has Fred Ward (“Tremors” and my personal favorite, “Joe Dirt”) joining the cast of “Contraband” director Baltasar Kormakur’s upcoming live-action adaptation of the comic book “2 Guns”. Ward will play “a top-ranking U.S. Navy admiral.” Joe Dirt would be so proud of daddy right about now.

“2 Guns” will star Mark “Good Vibrations” Wahlberg and Denzel “The Denzeliest” Washington as a Navy SEAL and a DEA agent, respectively, who go undercover, but must put aside their differences when they’re tricked into stealing millions from the CIA. Oops.

Neal McDonough in JUSTIFIED TV SeriesSpeaking of comic book, “Captain America’s” Neal McDonough is in talks to join the geriatric cast of the action-comedy “Red 2”. No word on who McDonough, who was last seen terrorizing one U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens on TV’s “Justified”, will be playing in the Dean Parisot-directed sequel to 2010’s surprise hit movie.

“Red 2” reunites the surviving castmembers from “Red”, including Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich. They are joined by newcomers Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung-hun Lee.

This time around, the not-quite-so over-the-hill gang will be tasked with “searching for a weapon of mass destruction but must first break out the man who created the weapon from an insane asylum.”

Jackie Earle Haley in HUMAN TARGET TV SeriesAnd finally, futuristic Detroit has recruited “Watchmen’s” Jackie Earle Haley (last seen in Tim Burton’s totally ignored “Dark Shadows”) into the cast of “Robocop”. Haley would play Maddox, “the guy who dispenses the military training to Robocop.”

Haley joins Joel Kinnaman as the lead, playing a cop name Alex Murphy, who after a run-in with some criminal types, gets filled with lead. Fortunately for Murphy, uber company OmniCorp decides to use him as an experiment in their ultimate law enforcement prototype. Enter … Robocop!

The cast also includes Gary Oldman, Hugh Laurie, Samuel L. Jackson as a media mogul, and Abbie Cornish as Robocop’s suffering wife. Jay Baruchel is also said to be “circling” a role.

Jose Padilha is directing. One can only hope that his “Robocop” lives up to the legacy of the original.