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Gotta admit, the idea of Thomas Jane blasting away onscreen side by side with Sylvester Stallone sounds pretty cool. Jane as an action hero has always struck me as an untapped resource by Hollywood, and he’s always been pretty good in roles where he plays the tough guy. Even that ill-conceived “Punisher” movie did one thing right — casting Jane as the Punisher. I don’t even want to get started on the rest of the movie, though.
Previously, we reported that Thomas Jane had joined the cast of Stallone’s actioner “Headshot”, which is set to be directed by Walter Hill, a man who knows a thing or two about buddy cop movies, which is essentially what “Headshot” would be, despite the fact that Jane would play a cop, while Stallone would assay the part of a hitman. The two, though, eventually team up against a common enemy.
According to AICN, though, Jane may be on the outs. While Stallone and Will are said to still be keen on having Jane join the team, Dark Castle, where the film is currently housed, wants a more ethnic sidekick for Stallone. The reason?
[Warner Bros’ Dark Castle] wants Jane replaced with someone more “ethnic” in order to meet an in-house formula-for-success. The word is that Jane’s still the favorite for Hill and Stallone, but the studio is insistent on getting a minority in the role.
Dark Castle is run by Joel Silver (right), and as Joblo points out, the uber producer has found plenty of success where he’s paired a white leading man up with a black sidekick in films like “The Last Boy Scout”, “48 Hours”, and the “Lethal Weapon” series.
The problem, of course, is that Jane was already signed to the film before it landed at Dark Castle, which makes you wonder how they’re going to force Jane out, and what happens if Stallone and Hill says No?