Robert De Niro Joins ‘The Killer Elite’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 7:20 pm,

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Robert De Niro has officially joined the cast of Jason Statham’s next action film The Killer Elite.

The announcement comes only two days before the scheduled May 13th start date for production. Filming is set to take place in Australia and the UK. In addition to Statham and De Niro, Clive Owen is on board as well.

The one-sentence plot synopsis for The Killer Elite reads, “A former Navy Seal is forced out of retirement in order to save his friend.”

According to Moviehole, De Niro is set to play “Hunter” (the aforementioned “friend”) – who, more specifically, is Statham’s mentor.

The announcement contradicts a prior report, which claimed the “friend” in question would be a former member of the British special forces. Obviously, the British detail hinted more toward a Clive Owen character – meaning, if the new info isn’t accurate, it’s possible that De Niro could end up playing the film’s villain.

Another synopsis, originally featured on The Daily Mailadds another intriguing component – the story is based on Ranulph Fiennes’ novel “The Feathermen” which follows “a group of former British special forces members who are being hunted by assassins.”

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Either way, the cast is looking to provide a solid backbone for a movie that will undoubtedly generate a lot of buzz. Owen and Statham are experienced action stars and De Niro brings some serious dramatic clout to the cast. The film also contains a few other familiar faces – including Chuck’s Yvonne Strahovski, Prison Break’s Dominic Purcell, Animal Kingdom’s Ben Mendelsohn, and Macbeth’s Lachy Hulme.

In my opinion, it’s nice to see that De Niro is still tackling high-octance action roles – as he seems to be having a lot fun at this point in his illustrious career.

Think I’m exaggerating? Make sure to check out De Niro in the latest trailer for Machete.

Hopefully, the addition of a drama heavy-weight like De Niro means the film will be more enjoyable than Statham’s tiring Transporter and Crank franchises.

Are you interested in The Killer Elite? What do you think of the Statham, Owen, De Niro combination? Talk about the cast and film in the comments section below.

The Killer Elite begins production this week but no official release date has been announced.

Source: Moviehole via Cinema Blend

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  1. What does he have left to prove?

    I would have thought by now De Niro would have moved into producing more films not acting in half ass action paychecks, I mean films,,, urg

  2. If I was Stratham I would be getting worried, starring in a movie with 2 big hitters when it comes to acting. But neither the casting of De Niro or in fact Clive Owen really raises my expectations as to the quality of the movie. I can just see it being action sequence after action sequence with a contrived storyline trying to glue it together and De Niro putting in another satisfactory but not amazing performance.

  3. Dead on, 790.

    ..and what was wrong with the original? James Caan was great as was Robert Duvall.

    Another remake..sigh!

    • Agreed..I am so sick of these annoying remakes. Did we not learn from that awful bashing of the McQueen classic “The Getaway” with the Baldwin boy. Ugh..Screenwriters..get off your butts and write!!

  4. Wow !!!
    what a great cast !!!
    I look forward to seeing this :)

    ” what does he have left to prove ? ”
    @ 790 – have you considered the possibility that maybe DeNiro still enjoys acting ??
    There is no shortage of people in this world who hate what they do for a living. If he still enjoys acting he should continue to do it.

    It seems unlikely to me that DeNiro still needs to chase a paycheck to get by. I also seriously doubt that he is looking to prove anything to you or any of us.
    The man is , among other things , an actor.
    He wants to act ? He should act.

  5. Sounds like you own his soul Rastazen.

    Nice avatar. Scary… 8-O

  6. Robert De Niro is a first-rate actor…although his Thermage, facelift and Botox are showing (he’s also one of the few civillians in NY with a CCW, which means he’s got connections). And, despite her horrid taste in men (the average-looking two-timer, Cash Warren), Jessica Alba is still one of the most physically-perfect women on the planet. Rodriguez is a somewhat talented actor, though he dumped his nice, Latina wife for America’s Sexiest IRA Supporter, snow white Rose McGowan. However, nothing can likely save this overwrought gorno propaganda piece–War, Inc. was a stinker and this will be too.

    On the immigration issue, Rob Rod and the rest of the glitterati are playing the part of Gordon Brown (i.e., calling everyone who doesn’t share their beliefs about immigration ‘bigoted’)…and we all know what just happened to Brown and Labour. The fact remains that SB 1070 was enacted by one of the least big money-beholden governments in the U.S., enjoying over 70% of public support in Arizona and 65% nationally. This law merely requires state and local police to enforce EXISTING (1956) Federal Immigration Law, something city mayors–pandering to often illegal Latino bloc-voters and cheap-wage business donors–actually forbid their police forces from doing. (‘Enforce the law’–what’s that?) The ordinary people who’ve made messrs. Rodriguez, De Niro and other Hollywood-Democrat types zillionaires are fed up with the illegal alien problem, and have decided to do something about it.

  7. oh it’s a Statham movie.. hope-meter down, down, down..

  8. Lol [A], Statham’s no Vin Diesel…

  9. This movie sounds great.De Niro was very good in Ronin,so why not do more actions movies.He wants to do Midnight Run 2 and The Killer Elite is something he’d enjoy doing.As for Jason this should boost his career evan more.Jason has the potential to be a
    big box office draw if he sticks with working with other actors like De Niro and Owen and directors like Roger Donaldson

  10. I begin to suspect Clive Owen is bigger then I thought he was since I’ve seen him in two movies. Arthur and International. Enjoyed both.

  11. Dear Sirs,

    It is unfortunate that more protest was not made by the Special Forces Community about the Feathermen when it was first released in 1991.

    Clearly the author is attempting to re-write SAS History and uses a brave soldier who cannot answer back for financial reward.

    Mike Kealy should be remembered for his courageous action during the Battle for Mirbat in 1972 and his sad death in the Brecon Beacons from exposure in appaling conditions and not at the hands of a fiction writer.

    We must let the public know that Mike Kealy and others did not die at the hands of some hit squad. The Adoo in Dhofar, Oman were beaten fairly and squarely and most of them eventually surrendered and worked in Firqat Forces for the Sultan.

    The author , film crew, actors and the ex SAS advisors to this film should be ashamed that they are denigrating a real soldier whilst they hide behind a fictional world and have no care or consideration for the relatives grief.

    Mike Colton
    - Mike Colton – Allied Special Forces Association, Hereford UK, 17/7/2010 08:48

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1295371/How-Ranulph-Fiennes-cashed-murder-SAS-heroes.html#ixzz0urkpZSMx

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