Screen legend and icon Mel Gibson will make his first appearance in front of cameras in six years in Martin Campbell’s Edge of Darkness.
Casino Royale director Campbell originally directed the 1985 BBC miniseries on which the film is based. The Departed scripter William Monahan has penned the script.
Variety reports that:
“Gibson will play a straitlaced police investigator whose activist daughter is killed. He plunges into the case and uncovers systemic corruption that led to his daughter’s death.”
There are many differing opinions of Mel Gibson out there, some dislike his politics and religious beliefs, while others feel that he is a forceful screen presence and a first rate leading man.
What do I think? Read on.
I’m in the latter camp, and I feel that we need Mel Gibson back on the big-screen, just to show us what a real A-list actor is like.
Even if we don’t take into account his films as director – except maybe Braveheart (one of my all time favorites), Gibson has given cinema two of the most iconic characters of the last 30 years – Martin Riggs and Mad Max and delivered many strong performances in a wide range of films.
Early Australian roles showed range and strong acting skills, but it was his arrival in Hollywood that brought out the leading man. Filled with charm, good looks and a humility he is one of the few stars in Hollywood to be fully accepted by both men and women.
At the start of this decade (and century) Gibson was on a roll, making his two most successful films: Signs (one of his strongest and nuanced performances) and What Women Want (a first rate romantic comedy) showing that audiences weren’t tiring of his aging good looks.
Despite controversy in his private life, he has also shown that he is a skilled director, producer and humanitarian – seriously – if it wasn’t for Gibson you wouldn’t be seeing Iron Man with Robert Downey Jr this weekend. Gibson helped out Downey Jr when he was at his lowest ebb with his drug problems.
Whatever your belief, I’m over the moon that Mel Gibson is returning to where he belongs – on the silver screen.
Let’s just hope that at some point in the near future he re-teams with Richard Donner and George Miller.
Edge of Darkness starts shooting in Boston in August. No release date has been set.