In quite a few minds Al Pacino and Robert De Niro are interchangeable and it would appear that the Heat and Righteous Kill duo are also exchangeable on casting directors’ lists too, as Pacino has now signed-on to replace De Niro on Son of No One.

DeNiro was set to star in director Dito Montiel’s police thriller, which has a March 22 start date, but the actor dropped out only to be replaced by fellow Godfather 2 star Pacino. I can only imagine that the role calls for quite a bit of shouting from the diminutive acting powerhouse.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

“ Son of No One centers on a young cop who is assigned to a precinct in the working class neighborhood where he grew up, with an old secret surfacing and threatening to destroy his life and family.”

Dear John star Channing Tatum is being chased down for the “young cop” in the New York-based film, while the cast is also likely to be filled out by Terrence Howard, Ray Liotta and “Mrs. Tom Cruise” Katie Holmes.

Son of No One cast

Montierl also wrote the film, which is being produced by Hannibal Pictures and Nu Image/Millennium Films. Nu Image/Millennium brought Pacino’s last two cinematic efforts – 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill (Also with De Niro) to the screen. I’m sure that some of you have your own (strong) opinions on that piece of news!

While many feel that Pacino (and De Niro for that matter) have lost their sparkle in recent times, you have to remember that Pacino has starred in some pretty great cop thrillers over the years – including Serpico, Heat, Sea of Love and Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia. This could be another one to add to the list – or maybe not.

Throw in some great support from Howard and the ever-reliable Liotta (who pretty much pays the bills by playing cops) and you might just have a solid entry into the cop melodrama genre.

The major downside would have to be G.I. Joe star Tatum and Holmes (Batman Begins’ weak link), but hey you’ve got to give people second chances – right?

Distribution for the independent feature has already been sold for the UK, the Middle East, Scandinavia, Turkey, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, the former Yugoslavia, Latin America and Spain! I don’t think that I missed anywhere on that list.

Keep checking Screen Rant for more details on Son of No One.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter