Tom Hanks is officially going back to war, but the scenery has shifted from Europe in WWII to the more modern setting of drug and crime-riddled South America in Kathryn Bigelow's new project, Triple Frontier.
Producer Charles Roven confirmed that Hanks is onboard for Bigelow's new film, which was previously known as Sleeping Dogs and could revert to that title at the end of the day - according to the rumor mill.
Coming Soon got the scoop on Triple Frontier from Roven, who mentioned that casting is still an ongoing process but that the intention is to start shooting by mid-March 2011. A-listers like Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Will Smith, Javier Bardem, and Christian Bale have been touted (re: rumored) as possible stars of Bigelow's new film, but all of these fine gentlemen are keeping busy and should be considered essentially out of the running for now.
Triple Frontier marks the reunion of Bigelow and her Hurt Locker scriber Mark Boal, both of whom walked away with Oscars for their part in the acclaimed Iraq War thriller. The drama in their new joint effort takes place in the border zone between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay - a "la triple frontera" (hence the title) that serves as a haven for organized drug-related crime. Going off Bigelow's previous films, it's safe to say that Triple Frontier will be quite the intense, white-knuckle thriller as well.
It's been a while since Hanks took on a serious, live-action role that didn't involve him cracking centuries-old conspiracies (a la Angels & Demons/The Da Vinci Code) or adapting a slight Texan twang, which he did while starring as a playboy senator in Charlie Wilson's War. Triple Frontier likely won't require any extensive weight loss or gain on Hanks' part, but the actor could be in for a more physically-grueling experience than that offered by his last few roles.
The subject matter of Triple Frontier seems like a proper fit for both Bigelow and Boal. Expect the final product to be a realistic, gritty presentation of South American drug violence and crime that delivers on a visceral level (if nothing else).
Triple Frontier could potentially reach theaters by late 2011, so stay tuned.
Source: Coming Soon