That header image says it all, no?
In what is either a shrewd marketing ploy or the worst exploitation of the male psyche since the McRib was invented, Paramount has paired salt-and-pepper bombshells Megan Fox and Zoe Saldana in the upcoming action-heist pic, Swindle.
The film was born out of a spec script by Scott Wilson and Enzo Mileti, which became the object of a competition between Universal and Paramount, with the latter stuido ultimately walking away with the prize. The film is being produced by Michael De Luca, who helped usher last year’s Moneyball from boring-sounding baseball stats movie to critically-acclaimed Oscar nominee for Best Picture. Deadline reports that both Saldana and Fox have been looking for a project to star in together, and the pair will produce Swindle alongside De Luca, in addition to filling out the leads.
The script details are being kept secret, but based on the category (“action-heist”) and the two gorgeous leading actresses, one can only assume it will be a flick about two gorgeous babes working on either or both sides of the law, involved in a heist of some kind. The girls will presumably have to use a combination of brains and beauty in their chase for the prize. At first impression, I’m thinking something like Set It Off meets the stylistic flair of Ocean’s Eleven.
Saldana has become something of a breakout star; few remember her work in films like Center Stage, Drumline, or the Brittany Spears movie Crossroads – but they sure know her face now, thanks to big roles in Avatar, The Losers, Columbiana and of course Star Trek, which she is currently at working filming the sequel to.
Fox, on the other hand, came out of gate strong with her breakout role in Transformers, but has had some stumbles since then – namely Diablo Cody’s poorly-received Jennifer’s Body and the panned indie film Passion Play. Currently, Fox has settled into the comedic side of things, with supporting roles in this year’s two coming-of-middle-age rom-coms Friends with Kids and This is 40, as well as cameo playing herself in Sacha Baron Cohen’s (Borat) latest character comedy piece, The Dictator.
Bottom line: audiences love heist films, and one that features Saldana and Fox in the leads will draw a male crowd like hot bacon on an unattended skillet. If the film also has a nice femme-power tone to it (we already know that at least Saldana is adept at kicking ass, based on her action resume), then the ladies will likely be in for the fun too. Paramount has made a smart buy.
We’ll keep you updated on the status of Swindle.