Or at least it seems that way. Nowadays I can’t go a day now without hearing that Gerard Butler is either in talks to join, or has already joined, some project. There is “Game” with the directors of “Crank”, “Island” with Jodie Foster, the “Escape from New York” remake, and of course, “P.S., and I Love You” with Hilary Swank. And don’t even get me started on what he has lined up for 2008, including a possible role in Zach Snyder’s “Watchmen”. We’re not talking about background roles here, we’re talking all starring roles. And now word is that he’s join the “Untouchables” prequel alongside Nicolas Cage, which would show the rise of a young Al Capone (played by Cage). Then again, I guess in Hollywood it’s better to be wanted and not wanted at all.
(Added 5/20/06: IGN confirms that Butler will be playing the role of Jimmy Malone, the beat cop assayed by Sean Connery in the original “Untouchables”, and which won Connery a Best Supporting Oscar.)
The original “Untouchables” (well, the original movie versions, anyway):