Jamie Foxx Joins Bruce Willis in Kane & Lynch

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 16th, 2013 at 12:00 am,

Jamie Foxx has signed on to play schizophrenic killer James Lynch in the film adaptation of the video game Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. Bruce Willis, who will play Adam “Kane” Marcus, has been attached to the project since 2008.

The film (which will drop the “Dead Men” from its title) is based on the popular video game from Eidos Interactive. Screenwriter Kyle Ward, who also wrote the upcoming video game adaptation of Uncharted for Sony, leaked Foxx’s casting news on his Twitter account. The post has since been removed, but all of the major outlets have since confirmed the story.

The plot revolves around the titular duo as they’re broken out of prison by mercenaries and essentially coerced into retrieving a “doomsday device” within 72 hours or Kane’s family will be murdered. The psychopathic Lynch, prone to rage-induced blackouts and murderous rampages, serves as a watchdog for the mercenaries and reports back to them as the duo progress through the story.

This role shouldn’t be much of a stretch for Foxx, considering he was initially set to play the psychopathic role of Clyde Shelton in Law Abiding Citizen before switching roles at the last second with co-star Gerard Butler. It’s also familiar territory for Willis, who has made a career playing characters in the wrong place at the wrong time in films like Die Hard, Hostage, 16 Blocks, and many more.

Kane & Lynch will be the debut of director Simon Crane, who made a name for himself as a second unit director on movies like Vertical Limit, Troy and Hancock, and as a stunt coordinator on classics like Total Recall and Cliffhanger. It’s always refreshing to see someone work their way up the Hollywood ladder. As I’m sure you’re aware, the track record of the genre has been horrible, with duds like Super Mario Brothers and Max Payne serving as shining examples of what NOT to do. It’s all a matter of personal taste, but most fans agree that there has yet to be a worthy video game adaptation to hit the big screen. Perhaps Mr. Crane will be the one to break the streak.

Kane & Lynch begins filming in August for a 2011 release. Anyone out there played the video game? How do you think it will translate into a film, and do you think the casting is right for this movie? Sound off in the comments section.

Source: Variety

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  1. I think this was a horrible decision…I was really looking forward to seeing Billy Bob Thornton in the role.

  2. I am with you 110 percent on that @ TrungleFever.Ive been following this adaption for quite sometime and I dont understand why they casted Foxx as Lynch.I like jamie Foxx,I think he's a brillannt actor,but not for the part of lynch.Personally,I think Bruce Willis is perfect as Kane.I wasnt a big fan of the game bc of the camera angle and control issues,but I absolutely loved the story and look of the characters.I just hope these two high caliber actors can deliver.We all know the rep video game movies have.cough cough Alone In The Dark

  3. fact prince of persia movie will break the video game movie curse nuff said

  4. I don't get it. Isn't James Lynch a white guy? Why are they getting a black guy to play the role?

  5. I have played the game and can say it is a pretty bad game. Bad dialogue, bad plot and bad action. It is not worth buying (luckily I only rented it).

    It could work as a movie if they could fix some of the terrible plot angles. Both characters in the game are highly unlikable and when you are playing a game you're kind of supposed to like your characters. Usually same goes for main protagonists in movies.

  6. Why does it matter? lol and who cares…just be happy they got A list actors to play in it at all. Its not like Either video game characters were important enough to fans anyways. Its not Wolverine or Deadpool, or Iron Man etc. or any other characters we care about so just chill…I believe that with such a good director behind the helm they would be smart as to move away from the video game cheesiness as possible. I would have liked to see my man Bruce as the murdererous lynch though or maybe they could fool us all and pull a 6th sense twist at the end.

  7. opinion: its gonna be terrible lol. It might do huge numbers but not because its good…but because its gotten popcorn movie written all over it. and most movie goers are too dumb to know when they're being bamboozled.

  8. but wouldnt that just be Bandits 2??? lol but yeah i totally agree with u, my friend who played the game is gonna be really upset when i tell him about this

    this movie has just lost a ton of potential viewers

  9. yeah the game was awful to say the least but it did have a great storyline and u kinda get attached to the characters, so i think it would work as a movie but not with Jamie Foxx

  10. I was really pulling for Jeff Bridges or John Malkovich as Lynch. That dream is over.

  11. I agree with you
    they'll probably stick coupla masks on them and name it 'Army of two' :)

  12. Who cares????? everyone who's played the game and knows Lynch is a white!!!
    Sorry i love Jamie Fox great Actor but hes not Lynch…

  13. i'm a fan of jamie foxx, but he's just not the right choice imo

  14. This movie is dead to me now. Stick to source material! There's a reason the game gained cult status ( I hated the game but the characters stood out). More money-grubbing execs trying to cash in on their casting choice. It's going to look like a serious version of Cop Out (not being racist).

    Also, not a big fan of Jamie Foxx. He's performances have been okay, nothing special. But a close friend of mine who works for a marketing agency that represents him said he's the most difficult, arrogant and rude celebrity she's ever dealt with.

  15. i'm a fan of jamie foxx, but he's just not the right choice imo

  16. This movie is dead to me now. Stick to source material! There's a reason the game gained cult status ( I hated the game but the characters stood out). More money-grubbing execs trying to cash in on their casting choice. It's going to look like a serious version of Cop Out (not being racist).

    Also, not a big fan of Jamie Foxx. He's performances have been okay, nothing special. But a close friend of mine who works for a marketing agency that represents him said he's the most difficult, arrogant and rude celebrity she's ever dealt with.

  17. i think the kane and lynch film is going to be brilliant because i played the videogame and loved it. but theres one problem, although jamie foxx is an exceptional actor, he does not fit the part for 'lynch'. in the game – lynch is crazy and psychotic and has long brown hair, he has white skin and looks a bit like a hillbilly. jamie foxx looks nothing like lynch and ruin 'kane and lynch' if he takes the part. although bruce willis is a perfect match for 'kane'.

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