Based on the Warren Ellis comic book mini-series, “Red” stars Bruce Willis is an ex-CIA agent who has retired to green pastures, when young high-tech assassins come after him. It’s a nifty idea for a movie, and one that Willis should be able to play in his sleep. It is, after all, just another variation on Willis’ most famous character, tough New York cop John Mclane. Besides Willis, the cast also includes Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John C. Reilly, and Mary Louise Parker as his love interest. Now you can add four more names to that list.
Joining “Red’s” ballooning cast will be “Nip/Tuck’s” Julian McMahon, playing the movie’s Vice President of the United States, a character that is said to be at the center of the conspiracy that Willis’ retired CIA agent must expose. I haven’t read the comics, but I’m assuming McMahon is the movie’s villain. He certainly looks smarmy and slick enough to play the typical screen villain, doesn’t he?
Also joining the cast is the legendary Ernest Borgnine, who will play “the keeper of the CIA’s darkest records”, whatever that means. Richard Dreyfuss sounds like he’s playing Hollywood’s stereotypical idea of Dick Cheney — a rich guy who uses his rich guy contacts to get favorable government contracts at the expense of the little guy. And finally, the always awesome Brian Cox will play an old nemesis of Willis’ character, himself a Cold War relic.
Robert Schwentke will direct “Red” for Summit Entertainment sometime early next year from a script by Jon and Erich Hoeber.