To add to the slew of casting announcements for Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s The Tourist, it’s just been announced that Timothy Dalton (License To Kill) and Steven Berkoff (Rambo) have joined Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie and the rest of the cast. Coming Soon tipped us off.
Who are these people and what is this movie? Read on, adventurers.
The film follows an American tourist (Depp) who goes to Italy to mend a broken heart, meets a beautiful and mysterious woman (Jolie, obviously) and gets caught up in espionage. Depp and Jolie need no parenthetical work references, however Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck might.
Donnersmarck wrote and directed the excellent Das Leben der Anderen (aka The Lives of Others), which will be remade in the U.S. and produced by Harvey Weinstein, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella. With the type of cast attached to The Tourist, one gets the sense Henckel von Donnersmarck is about to make quite the splash. The script was written by Julian Fellowes (The Young Victoria) and Christopher McQuarrie (Wolverine 2) and revised by William Wheeler (The Hoax).
Which brings us to Dalton and Berkoff. Dalton’s probably best known for playing freakin’ James Bond in the mid-to-late ’80s and has been working steadily since the ’60s (Hot Fuzz, Doctor Who, Sextette). Berkoff os one of the few actors around with an even more lengthy resume, dating back to the late ’50s (A Clockwork Orange, Octopussy, Slave Girls). Adding these seasoned veterans into the mix can’t hurt.
The director’s talent for creating quiet, powerful moments was illustrated in The Lives of Others and I’ll be curious to see if he can bring that same subdued energy to The Tourist.
The Tourist is in production and is expected to be released in 2011.
Source: Coming Soon