Sam Worthington To Star In 'American Crime'

Rising star Sam Worthington continues to build quite a career for himself: he's already starred in Terminator Salvation, and has both James Cameron's Avatar and the remake of Clash of the Titans on deck, two huge properties I think you'll agree. Now, adding to that ever-growing list of Worthington movies is The Last Days of American Crime, an adaptation of an upcoming comic book/graphic novel of the same name from Radical Publishing.

Comic creator Rick Remender created and wrote The Last Days of American Crime, and Mania reports that he will also pen the script for the big-screen adaptation. The comic is described as, "a heist thriller told against a sci-fi backdrop." From Radical's website, here's the synopsis:

In the not-too-distant future as a final response to terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans in secret to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. To keep this from the public, the government creates a distraction, installing a new currency system using digital charge cards.

Enter: Graham Brick. A career criminal never quite able to hit the big score, Graham intends to steal one of the charging stations, skip the country and live off unlimited funds for the rest of his life. But the media has leaked news of the anti-crime signal one week before it was to go live...and now Graham and his team have just a few days to turn the crime of the century into the last crime in American history.

Mania reports that Worthington will play the character of Kevin Cash (catchy, eh?), a safecracker who (along with his beautiful girlfriend, Shelby) is enlisted at the last minute in the "last crime in American history" mentioned above. It's strange, as you'd think Worthington would be cast as the lead, who presumably is the guy who sets up the crime. Then again, maybe the film adaptation will focus on the safecracker and thus Worthington will end up being the lead. The latter seems possible, considering the sort of roles Worthington has been getting as of late.

Remender has been developing the American Crime movie in concurrence with the comic, and word is he'll have a major hand in how the film turns out. Along with having created and written the source material, and penning the script for the big-screen version, he'll also serve as either a co-producer or exec producer. Radical Publishing's chief, Barry Levine, along with Michael Schwarz will also produce the pic.

On top of Worthington, additional cast members and a director will reportedly  be announced pretty fast, and the actors they're bringing in will supposedly be "A-list Hollywood people." This comic really must be something if there's this much interest and activity around the adaptation before it even hits comic store shelves! Remender described the project to Mania:

"It's really motivated by Mamet's 'Heist' film and James Ellroy's [novel] 'American Tabloid'... Ellroy being an example of the kind of hard-boiled crime that has a socio-political backdrop and Mamet's 'Heist' a very well-thought out film that focuses on the heist itself."

I really dig the idea of American Crime - it puts a cool and unique spin on the often-visited sub-genre of the heist movie. For whatever reason, this reminds me of the upcoming vampire flick Daybreakers, in that it takes one sub-genre (heist movies) and meshes it with another (futuristic sci-fi). It reminds me of Steven Spielberg's Minority Report for pretty much the same reason (crime thriller mixed with sci-fi).  It's still early, but chalk me up as looking forward to this film.

What do you think of the idea behind American Crime? Are you glad to see Sam Worthington get so many roles?

The first issue of The Last Days of American Crime hits comic store shelves this December. There's no word on when the movie will start shooting/hit theaters.

Source: Mania and Radical Publishing

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