Pitt & Reynolds In The Frame For Gunsmoke?

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brad pitt gunsmoke Pitt & Reynolds In The Frame For Gunsmoke?It looks like A-lister  Brad Pitt and fanboy favorite Ryan Reynolds are going to be dueling it out cowboy style for the lead role in CBS Films’ big-screen adaptation of the long running western series, Gunsmoke.

Both stars are said to be in the running for the lead role of Matt Dillon (the character, not the actor) who was played by William Arness in the original Gunsmoke series. The studio apparently has their sights set on Pitt, which isn’t surprising considering that he’s one of the names atop nearly every casting list in Hollywood, but Reynolds is also supposed to be interested in the role of the Dodge City Marshall.

Who will get the role remains a mystery. Pitt is the bigger… ahem… draw at the box office, but his last western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford died a grisly death at the box office (despite it being rather good). Reynolds on the other hand, is an eager new kid in town (go with it) who appears to be saddling up for many action adventures like Green Lantern and Deadpool. Sure Pitt is a killer at the box office, but westerns are unpredictable when it comes to box office appeal. For every Dances With Wolves and Unforgiven there’s the above mentioned Jesse James, Wyatt Earp and a dozen other films in the genre that have died with their boots on. It really is a case of the quick and the dead.

Several other actors are also on the list for the Dillon role, so neither Pitt nor Reynolds could end up pinning that badge onto their lapel.

I wonder if Matt Dillon is on the list? That would be some cool Being John Malkovich-style casting: Matt Dillon is Matt Dillon.

Gregory Poirier wrote the script and CBS is trying to lasso a director while also corralling actors into the pen. The roles of Dillon’s pals Doc Adams and saloon owner Miss Kitty Russell are also up for grabs, so there could even be a stampede of actors trying to attach themselves to this television spin-off, that the studio hopes will be as long-running as the original Gunsmoke – 20 years!

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The Original Cast of Gunsmoke

Ideally, I’d like to see good old Kevin Costner dust off that Winchester, strap on the Smith and Wesson and take the reins of the film, but I’m a realist and he’s probably seen as too old and not a big enough star to get bums on seats. In reality, the role will probably go to some young buck like Taylor Lautner, which is a real shame.

Screen Rant will keep you up to date on any Gunsmoke news from the wild west that is Hollywood.

Yee ha!

Source: LA Times

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  1. Having watched Gunsmoke many times, I don't see Pitt, Reynolds, or Crow fitting the Dillon character. I would like to see the list being considered. The focus should be on
    good, clever western story. What made Gunsmoke the success it was, the stories or James Arness as Matt Dillon? Even that is debatable. By the way, the above picture isn't the original cast. Burt Reynolds and Ken Curtis came after Dennis Weaver played Chester Good, Mr. Dillon's Deputy.

  2. Brad Pitt is no Marshall Dillon! John Travolta, Christian Bale, Tim Daly even Ryan Reynolds. Brad Pitt is no Matt Dillon! Rachel McAdams would be great as Miss Kitty.

  3. I can tell you now that Brad Pitt is not your man for the role of Matt Dillon. Ryan Reynolds would be better. He can hold the role. Brad is too old and worn looking.

  4. james arness was no spring chicken…

  5. Sweet Jeebus dude, do you know anything whatsoever about the Gunsmoke story line? Dillon WAS worn-looking. He was a hard dude worn down by a hard life in a hard time in a hard place. Getting some dumbass pretty boy to do it just for the eye candy would be the worst possible decision here. The actor who plays Dillon should look like a man of cold steel who has lived, seen, and done things that most people can't even imagine. One of the radio episodes describes him stabbing a guy to death with a pitchfork after the guy had murdered a woman's family, enslaved and raped her for weeks… and this aired in the late fifties/early sixties! Dillon as he was originally written was the inspiration for Eastwood's Man With No Name and Stephen King's Gunslinger. Pitt MIGHT be able to pull off that level of cold-steel badass, but I can't think of an actor working today who really carries that persona the way Eastwood did.

    Also, the writer messed up–it's James Arness or William Conrad, not William Conrad. Bill Conrad originated the character on the radio series.

    It's really too bad that this will be a pretty-fied action flick. I'd love to see someone who can really do justice to the franchise in the driver's seat, but I'm under no illusions about it. The studio will make plenty of money with a pretty and brainless action flick slapped with the Gunsmoke label, so there's no real reason to put any serious effort into it.

  6. Oops, William Conrad or James Arness, not “William Arness”.

  7. agreed….pity

  8. Sweet Jeebus dude, do you know anything whatsoever about the Gunsmoke story line? Dillon WAS worn-looking. He was a hard dude worn down by a hard life in a hard time in a hard place. Getting some dumbass pretty boy to do it just for the eye candy would be the worst possible decision here. The actor who plays Dillon should look like a man of cold steel who has lived, seen, and done things that most people can't even imagine. One of the radio episodes describes him stabbing a guy to death with a pitchfork after the guy had murdered a woman's family, enslaved and raped her for weeks… and this aired in the late fifties/early sixties! Dillon as he was originally written was the inspiration for Eastwood's Man With No Name and Stephen King's Gunslinger. Pitt MIGHT be able to pull off that level of cold-steel badass, but I can't think of an actor working today who really carries that persona the way Eastwood did.

    Also, the writer messed up–it's James Arness or William Conrad, not William Conrad. Bill Conrad originated the character on the radio series.

    It's really too bad that this will be a pretty-fied action flick. I'd love to see someone who can really do justice to the franchise in the driver's seat, but I'm under no illusions about it. The studio will make plenty of money with a pretty and brainless action flick slapped with the Gunsmoke label, so there's no real reason to put any serious effort into it.

  9. Oops, William Conrad or James Arness, not “William Arness”.

  10. agreed….pity

  11. Sweet Jeebus dude, do you know anything whatsoever about the Gunsmoke story line? Dillon WAS worn-looking. He was a hard dude worn down by a hard life in a hard time in a hard place. Getting some dumbass pretty boy to do it just for the eye candy would be the worst possible decision here. The actor who plays Dillon should look like a man of cold steel who has lived, seen, and done things that most people can't even imagine. One of the radio episodes describes him stabbing a guy to death with a pitchfork after the guy had murdered a woman's family, enslaved and raped her for weeks… and this aired in the late fifties/early sixties! Dillon as he was originally written was the inspiration for Eastwood's Man With No Name and Stephen King's Gunslinger. Pitt MIGHT be able to pull off that level of cold-steel badass, but I can't think of an actor working today who really carries that persona the way Eastwood did.

    Also, the writer messed up–it's James Arness or William Conrad, not William Conrad. Bill Conrad originated the character on the radio series.

    It's really too bad that this will be a pretty-fied action flick. I'd love to see someone who can really do justice to the franchise in the driver's seat, but I'm under no illusions about it. The studio will make plenty of money with a pretty and brainless action flick slapped with the Gunsmoke label, so there's no real reason to put any serious effort into it.

  12. Oops, William Conrad or James Arness, not “William Arness”.

  13. agreed….pity

  14. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…. Little Bradley Pitt as Big Fisted Marshall Matt Dillon! Hahahahahaha. Come on, we can do better than that. His wimply little voice cannot fill the shoes of Arness or Conrad. Come on Hollywood, show some grit, find us a true diamond in the rough. Someone who exudes strength of character. That was Matt Dillons claim to fame. He was everyones big brother, not the little new kid on the block. Pitt…hahaha. (sigh). No disrespect but he is not even close to Matt Dillon in size or presence. Matt Dillon needs to be about 6 feet 6 or 7 and have a voice that will wake the angels up. Dont insult us with one of these little guys. Its not fair to them. Show some imagination Hollywood or watch this movie go down in flames.

  15. I think some football or basketball star like John Elway or someone of that nature would have a better chance of pulling this off than some pipsqueak like Pitt. hahahaha. laughable though as it is.
    come on Hollywood, think outside the box.

  16. Go for it sounds like it might be a good movie …its just a suggestion but Jeff Bridges would be a fine choice since he did well in the retelling of Charles Portis “True Grit”…. All they have to do is become the Character act….Will be interesting to see who gets Matt Dillon’s part. I would be in favor of someone older with self-publicity attitude and rustic look..Pitt is good in Westerns though… My question who will play Kitty or Doc and or Festus ?? Just sayin!!

  17. My choice would be one of three people, Sean Bean, Viggo Mortenson, Kurt Russell. Of course Sam Elliot or Tommy Lee Jones would be the best fit if they were younger. I have a very bad feeling though that this is going to be more like Gunsmoke Melrose Place than Gunsmoke.

  18. Matt is a big guy, come on, Pitt is an ALister but playing Matt? Come on, get real. What about Tom Selleck, Kevin Costner. Older, rugged, mature, now that’s marshal Dillon. If older, makeup does wonders AND will be believable. Festus, Lucas Black

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