Next year, Kevin Costner is playing father (figures) in two noteworthy franchise reboots: Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (where Costner plays Pa Kent to Henry Cavill as Superman) and Jack Ryan, with Chris Pine bringing the title character to life – and Costner serving as his mentor William Harper, who is being positioned as the linchpin in a shared Tom Clancy movie-verse.
After that, Costner will become a dad once again for the new dramatic thriller co-written by Luc Besson (The Transporter, Taken) with the working title Three Days to Kill. Reports are in that Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld has now come aboard as Costner’s teenage daughter in the film.
Besson and Adi Hasak (From Paris with Love) collaborated on the script, which has since abandoned the title Three Days to Kill (for now, that is). The former is in the midst of overseeing post-production on his next directorial effort, which is the true story-based action-thriller Malavita starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfieffer. Deadline says that Besson will co-produce the Three Days project with Hasak as well as his wife Virginie Besson-Silla and Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh.
Steinfeld, of course, broke out onto the showbiz scene in the Coen Brothers’ True Grit, which landed her an Oscar nod at age 14. Last year, she spent some time as a contender to play Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games - before Jennifer Lawrence secured the role – and thereafter moved on to smaller productions like the upcoming Romeo and Juliet (from Carlo Carlei) and Can a Song Save Your Life? – though, Steinfeld also has a supporting role in the Ender’s Game movie that is arriving next year.
Here’s a plot description for Three Days to Kill (from Deadline):
[The] film stars Costner as [a] Secret Service agent who discovers he’s dying. Before he goes, he attempts to complete a final mission, and reconnect with his estranged daughter [played by Steinfeld]. He’s also taking an experimental drug that could prolong his life, and that adds complexity to the ticking clock because of the drug’s hallucinatory side effects.
The combination of an intriguing setup and respectable cast does make Three Days to Kill sound interesting, but there’s also something of a stormy cloud lingering over the film’s head – namely, the fact that it’s going to be directed by McG, who was responsible for releasing less-than-beloved titles like the two Charlie’s Angels movies, Terminator Salvation and This Means War (read our review). Take that as you will.
More on Three Days to Kill (including, whether or not it gets a new official title) as the story develops.