If you’ve read our report on an early script review for The Tomb, then you already know the thriller is part throwback to 1980s buddy action movie fare, part variation on played-out prison escape genre tropes. Thus it becomes all the more obvious how this particular project ended up becoming the one to finally unite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone together onscreen – in more than a limited capacity, that is (see: the Expendables franchise).
With those two bankable action icons secured as the leads, the filmmakers behind The Tomb are rounding out the supporting cast with credible character actors and actresses (with one exception). In addition to Jim Caviezel – who we previously learned is playing the warden in charge of the titular prison – Variety is reporting that the following thespians are now either in talks or officially onboard for the film:
- Vincent D’Onofrio, the Emmy-nominated Law & Order: Criminal Intent alum and famous “chameleon actor,” for his physical transformations in movies like Full Metal Jacket and Men in Black. He’s up to play the deputy director of the Prisons Bureau, who convinces Stallone’s character in The Tomb to take on that “one last job” before retirement (does that ever prove to be a good idea?).
- Vinnie Jones, a veteran of Guy Ritchie titles like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch – a.k.a. Juggernaut from X-Men: The Last Stand – who recently appeared alongside D’Onofrio in Kill the Irishman. The English actor is up to portray “a ruthless [prison] guard with no moral compass” who makes life miserable for our (anti?)heroes (Schwarzenegger and Stallone).
- Amy Ryan, the Oscar-nominated starlet of smaller movies like Gone Baby Gone and Win Win – whose resume also includes memorable stints as Beatrice “Beadie” Russell on The Wire and Holly Flax on The Office. Ryan is up to play Stallone’s business associate/possible love interest in The Tomb.
- 50 Cent (a.k.a. Curtis Jackson), the rapper-turned-actor of Get Rich or Die Tryin’ fame (?) who recently co-starred with both D’Onofrio and Jones on the upcoming thriller Fire with Fire. There’s no word yet on who he might play, but the obvious possibility is a fellow inmate who teams up with Stallone and Schwarzenegger’s characters on their escape attempt.
Overall it sounds like The Tomb is going to boast a pretty solid supporting cast (yes, 50 Cent could be considered the “weak link”) working alongside its two famous muscle-bound leads. Seeing how that crew will be working under the supervision of a competent, if unremarkable, helmer in the form of Mikael Håfström (Derailed, The Rite) – and, as mentioned before, from a script that’s already received some praise – this film could prove to be a good piece of popcorn entertainment, featuring two vets of the action movie trade doing what they do best.
We will continue to keep you posted on the status of The Tomb as more information is released.