John Malkovich is one busy man. He’s got a villain role in “Jonah Hex” coming up, and there was that rumor that had him confirming his “Spider-Man 4″ role (which may or may not be true, or just badly translated), and how he’s officially confirmed to replace John C. Reilly in the upcoming Bruce Willis actioner “Red”. Malkovich joins an already powerhouse cast that, besides Willis, also includes Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Brian Cox, Ernest Borgnine and Richard Dreyfuss.
Just let those names sink in for a moment. How exactly did Summit Entertainment manage to get all these great actors into one movie is shocking in itself, but for an action-packed comic book movie to boot? Wow.
Robert Schwentke is directing the movie, based on the 3-issue comic book by Warren Ellis that has Willis playing a retired CIA killer who finds himself targeted by his own former employer. He must figure out why with the help of his old CIA colleagues. Malkovich will play one of Willis’ former comrade-in-arms, now a paranoid who thinks everyone is out to get him. Probably because they are, but don’t tell him that.
The film heads into production this month on location in Toronto and Louisiana for a November 2010 release date.