Casting Roundup: 'Gangster Squad', 'R.I.P.D.', 'I, Alex Cross'

Today's casting news roundup covers the increasingly good-looking period crime drama, Gangster Squad; the Dark Horse comics adaptation, R.I.P.D.; and the franchise rebooting prequel, I, Alex Cross.

Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad is easily the highest-profile title out of the three, if only because it has managed to assemble a stellar cast full of Oscar-winners, nominees, and great character actors (and a couple actresses) alike.

According to Variety, the latest addition to the Gangster Squad crew looks to be Mireille Enos (The Killing). The actress is in talks to play Connie O'Mara, Josh Brolin's pregnant wife in the film - right after she finishes playing Brad Pitt's wife in the currently-filming World War Z adaptation.

O'Mara assists her husband in assembling the titular squad - an off-the-record team of LAPD officers assigned to take down mobster Meyer Harris "Mickey" Cohen (Sean Penn) during the 1940s. Ryan Gosling and Robert Patrick are also onboard as members of Brolin's crew, while Emma Stone is up to portray a femme fatale who is involved with both Cohen and Gosling's cop character. The cast will be rounded out by the likes of Anthony Mackie and Giovanni Ribisi - along with Michael Pena (Crash), Frank Grillo (Prison Break), and Holt McCallany (CSI: Miami).

That cast is about as good as it gets with Hollywood productions - and, with former L.A. cop Will Beall scripting the film, it seems all the more likely that Gangster Squad could be a memorably gritty and hard-hitting crime saga.



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Stephanie Szostak opposite Paul Rudd in 'Dinner for Schmucks'

Ryan Reynolds isn't exactly having a great summer, as far as the box office is concerned (see: Green Lantern and The Change-Up). Things could turn around for the handsome actor in the future, between his planned appearance in the Deadpool movie and another comic book adaptation, R.I.P.D.

Reynolds is starring in R.I.P.D. as a recently-deceased cop who joins a supernatural police force called the Rest In Peace Department. Jeff Briges is up to play Reynolds' grizzled partner in the film - and Heat Vision has learned that Stephanie Szostak (The Devil Wears Prada, Dinner for Schmucks) has signed on as Reynolds' lovely wife, who can sense her dead husband's presence and attempts to assist him in solving his own murder. There's no word yet if Kevin Bacon has either signed up or passed on playing a villain (maybe Reynolds' killer) in the film.

Robert Schwentke is directing R.I.P.D., which is being scripted by the duo behind popcorn flicks like Æon Flux and Clash of the Titans. Schwentke managed to deliver an entertaining twist on the average shoot-'em-up thriller with his last film, Red - despite his working with a screenwriting team whose previous efforts were less-than-satisfactory. So maybe he can repeat that act and help make R.I.P.D. a fun supernatural spin on the standard buddy-cop movie.


I, Alex Cross

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John C. McGinley as Dr. Perry Cox

Who better to play a ruthless police chief in the Alex Cross franchise reboot than Scrubs' own Dr. Perry Cox, John C. McGinley?

Variety says the well-regarded character actor (whose credits also include Platoon, Se7en, and Office Space) has been set as "vigorous, ambitious" Chief of Police Richard Brookwell in I, Alex Cross, which follows the titular "gentle, empathetic" detective/psychologist (Tyler Perry) as he tracks down a serial killer (Matthew Fox) with whom he shares a history. Rounding out the cast are the likes of Jean Reno, Giancarlo Esposito, Ed Burns, and Rachel Nichols (Conan the Barbarian).

Interest in the new Cross movie died down significantly when Perry replaced Idris Elba as the new incarnation of the character. Combine that with Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, xXx) directing and Marc Moss - who co-wrote the last Alex Cross film, the so-so thriller Along Came a Spider - and it's hard to muster a whole lot of enthusiasm for this reboot, despite the involvement of solid acting talent like Esposito and McGinley.


Gangster Squad could possibly reach theaters by late 2012.

I, Alex Cross appears to be aiming for an early 2013 theatrical release.

R.I.P.D. is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on June 28th, 2013.

Source: THR, Variety (link 1) (link 2)

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