Though few would dispute Robert De Niro's legendary status in film history, there's no question that some of his role choices in recent years have lessened his iconic image in the minds of some moviegoers. However, after receiving an Oscar nomination for Silver Linings Playbook last year, it seemed De Niro was back on the right track.
There's never been a doubt that the 69-year-old two-time Oscar-winner can still turn in a solid performance. He just needs the right part, and considering he's delivered some of his best performances in the crime genre, his latest casting could help him continue his hot streak.
Variety is reporting that De Niro has joined Chris Hemsworth, Jason Clarke and Omar Sy in Candy Store, an upcoming crime thriller from writer/director Stephen Gaghan (Syriana). De Niro will play a former cop who teams up with a former covert ops agent, played by Clarke, to take on an underground criminal organization in New York City that Clarke's character has a long history in fighting.
Though Clarke was tight-lipped about the project when asked about it on the 85h Academy Awards red carpet, we do know the film will center around his character, with De Niro and Hemsworth likely in supporting roles. We also know that Sy will be playing a pimp, though it's unclear how big his part will be.
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Still, it will probably be hard for fans of the genre not to get excited considering the talent on board so far. After winning a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Traffic (2000), Gaghan has become one of the more sought-after and acclaimed scribes in Hollywood, while Hemsworth, Clarke and Sy have continued to see their stars rise as well.
Then of course, there's De Niro, an actor who made his name in the crime genre. The well-earned adulation he has received from performances in Taxi Driver, The Godfather Part II, Goodfellas, Casino, Heat and more, ensures that there will be plenty of eyeballs on his performance in this film too.
Though there's no start date planned for Candy Store yet, we can expect that it will begin shooting sometime later this year after casting is finalized and after Hemsworth has wrapped on the new Michael Mann thriller, which is shooting this summer.
As always, we'll pass along more information about Candy Store when it becomes available.