Joe Manganiello has built up his acting portfolio largely through the television circuit, gaining the most notoriety for his role as werewolf Alcide Herveaux on HBO's True Blood. Manganiello has openly expressed a desire for more roles in feature films, apparently serving as the frontrunner to play the new Superman at one point, before landing a role in this past June's Steven Soderbergh-directed male stripper comedy, Magic Mike.
Manganiello now has his next project lined up, and while he might not be playing Clark Kent, he will be teaming up with action gurus Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator) and Sam Worthingon (Terminator 4) for the action thriller Breacher.
Written by Skip Woods (Swordfish) and directed by David Ayer (Street Kings), Breacher tells the story of 10 DEA agents "who pull off a heist during an enforcement operation, then start dying one by one." The film previously went under the title Ten - a reference to the Agatha Christie novel Ten Little Indians, in which ten strangers are murdered one by one.
Manganiello is set to play a character named Grinder who "discovers a conscience and attempts to contact the police." In addition to Worthington and Schwarzenegger, Manganiello will be joined on screen by Terrence Howard (Iron Man, Hustle & Flow), and Dawn Olivieri (House of Lies).
As he showed off in Magic Mike (and routinely exhibits on True Blood) Manganiello has the physical build of an action star, and while this role probably won't cement him as such, it could serve as another springboard to future film roles. Him playing the conscience-filled character doesn't come as a huge surprise, either, as Alcide on True Blood has historically been an honest character with nothing but good intentions, and Manganiello has done a perfectly adequate job of playing that part.
If it's true Manganiello lost out on the new Superman role largely due to scheduling conflicts with True Blood, this new gig has to be considered at least a mild consolation prize. While it's unlikely it'll turn him into a bankable star the way Man of Steel had the potential to, the involvement of both Schwarzenegger and Worthington will help generate an audience for Breachers, and a strong performance from Manganiello could easily garner some positive worth-of-mouth that could boost his already rising star.
Breachers is reportedly aiming to begin filming this October in Atlanta, and has not yet secured an official release date in 2013.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter