"Motor City," the thriller from director Albert Hughes about a recently released felon out for revenge, has been passed around between some of Hollywood's best mid-level stars like a hot potato. The latest actor attached to the 2009 Black List screenplay from Chad St. John? Gerard Butler, who is currently negotiating for the chance to say one line of dialogue in the film. That's right: "Motor City" is notable for its incredibly laconic lead character, something that separates the film from its seemingly B-movie roots.
Since you can't tell a project without a scorecard, ahead enjoy a brief history of the casting process for "Motor City"
On Aug. 2, 2011, Twitch Film reported that <a href="http://twitchfilm.com/news/2011/08/breaking-albert-hughes-headed-to-motor-city-chris-evans-offered-lead-role.php" target="_hplink">Chris Evans was attached to the film</a>, with Albert Hughes set to direct. Hughes had previously been in line to helm the Warner Bros. reboot of "Akira," but that project never came to fruition. Evans was riding high on the grosses of "Captain America: First Avenger."
<a href="http://www.deadline.com/2011/11/amber-heard-wins-motor-city-lead/" target="_hplink">By the time November of 2011 rolled around</a>, Evans was already off the project; his "Captain America" co-star Dominic Cooper was set for the lead role, with Amber Heard playing his onscreen sister. Shooting for "Motor City," with Cooper and Heard, was potentially scheduled for early 2012.
Hope you didn't get too comfortable with the idea of Dominic Cooper leading "Motor City"! <a href="http://www.deadline.com/2012/03/jake-gyllenhaal-motor-city-dark-castle/" target="_hplink">By March 7 of this year</a>, Maggie's brother -- last seen in "Source Code" -- was negotiating for a chance to say one line of dialogue. Hughes was still set as director.
<a href="http://www.deadline.com/2012/03/jake-gyllenhaal-backs-out-of-motor-city/" target="_hplink">About Gyllenhaal</a>: one week later, on March 14, <a href="http://twitchfilm.com/news/2012/03/is-jeremy-renner-headed-to-motor-city.php" target="_hplink">Twitch reported that Jeremy Renner was negotiating for the part</a>. Hope Team "Motor City" didn't get Jake a personalized swag jacket!
And then there was one? Butler just started negotiating on Thursday for the chance to star in "Motor City." Heard is still attached, along with Gary Oldman. Check back in a month to see if Butler is still onboard.