Robert De Niro Joins Chris Hemsworth in Crime-Thriller ‘Candy Store’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:24 am,

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Though few would dispute Robert De Niro’s legendary status in film history, there’s no question that some of his role choices in recent years have lessened his iconic image in the minds of some moviegoers. However, after receiving an Oscar nomination for Silver Linings Playbook last year, it seemed De Niro was back on the right track.

There’s never been a doubt that the 69-year-old two-time Oscar-winner can still turn in a solid performance. He just needs the right part, and considering he’s delivered some of his best performances in the crime genre, his latest casting could help him continue his hot streak.

Variety is reporting that De Niro has joined Chris Hemsworth, Jason Clarke and Omar Sy in Candy Store, an upcoming crime thriller from writer/director Stephen Gaghan (Syriana). De Niro will play a former cop who teams up with a former covert ops agent, played by Clarke, to take on an underground criminal organization in New York City that Clarke’s character has a long history in fighting.

Though Clarke was tight-lipped about the project when asked about it on the 85h Academy Awards red carpet, we do know the film will center around his character, with De Niro and Hemsworth likely in supporting roles. We also know that Sy will be playing a pimp, though it’s unclear how big his part will be.

Stephen Gaghan

Still, it will probably be hard for fans of the genre not to get excited considering the talent on board so far. After winning a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar forĀ Traffic (2000), Gaghan has become one of the more sought-after and acclaimed scribes in Hollywood, while Hemsworth, Clarke and Sy have continued to see their stars rise as well.

Then of course, there’s De Niro, an actor who made his name in the crime genre. The well-earned adulation he has received from performances in Taxi Driver, The Godfather Part II, Goodfellas, Casino, Heat and more, ensures that there will be plenty of eyeballs on his performance in this film too.

Though there’s no start date planned for Candy Store yet, we can expect that it will begin shooting sometime later this year after casting is finalized and after Hemsworth has wrapped on the new Michael Mann thriller, which is shooting this summer.

As always, we’ll pass along more information about Candy Store when it becomes available.

Source: Variety

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  1. I’ve always felt like De Niro needed better scripts. Hopefully this is one of them.

    • Especially after that terrible Fockers franchise. Dear god, I saw them all for the first time last year (along with There’s Something About Mary for the first time too) and wow….terrible (Mary too).

  2. De Niro in a crime thriller? Count me in.

  3. F*ck DeNiro. He routinely picks out sh*t roles with sh*t scripts these days. He has become a caricature of himself.

  4. The list of poor choices on the part of Robert DeNiro has grown long in recent years and distinguished by his presence in such unworthy films. How much does his personal choices reflect his personal life is a question subject to an honest answer some day in an (auto)biography.

    As for Stephen Gaghan…when you have to reach all the way back to SYRIANA and TRAFFIC to reference the filmmaker as being in any way “hot”, this tells you how cold but conversational he has in fact remained within the circle of the film industry. I have been impressed with his writting talent, especially, but in both thos films the work centered around “character” so much that the narrative moved very slowly.

    Does this inform anything about CANDY STORE (good title)? For today’s demographic, it will take more than Chris Hemsworth to hold the center of gravity (commercially) or DeNiro (artistically) if this film does not have from the very beginning a narrative mission that the audience immediately joins and that the ride is eventful and emotional, and not fundamentally made up of cute dialogue and one-up-man-ship…like every other movie in this genre.

  5. I’ll probably see this. De Niro should be good in a crime film and Hemsworth is a rising star. Might be cool.