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Coming off his record-breaking History Channel mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys”, Costner is getting a major career resurgence. He can also be seen in Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” as Jonathan Kent, Superman’s Earth dad, and if he wants it, he’ll be starring as Jack Ryan’s mentor in the upcoming “Jack Ryan” reboot. Or, if he feels like a bigger role, he could play the male lead in the Luc Besson-written/produced action film “Three Days to Kill”.
Chris Pine is starring in the Jack Ryan reboot, set to be directed by Kenneth Branagh (who will also do double duty as the villain). In the film, Ryan finds himself in Moscow before his CIA days, where he’s recruited and mentored by Costner’s character, said to be a “new creation” just for the movie, though it’s apparently a beefy role.
But it’s probably not nearly as beefy as the male lead in the Besson-produced “Three Days to Kill”, which also has “Terminator: Salvation’s” McG circling the director’s chair. Adi Hasak and Besson wrote the script to “kill”, which would star Costner as Ethan Renner, one of those elite government assassin types who happens to be dying, but “before he goes, he is determined to reconcile with his daughter, while taking on one final mission.”
Both roles sound pretty good, and I don’t see why Costner couldn’t do both if he chooses. “Three Days to Kill” would definitely be more demanding, as it’s the starring role and I suspect it will require lots of Liam Neeson-esque action sequences. This is a Luc Besson written movie, after all.
Personally, I’m hoping this career resurgence allows Costner to do another big-budget Western. The man does great Westerns. “Open Range” is still one of my all-time favorites.
Via : Deadline