"Motor City," the long-awaited film based on a screenplay by Chad St. John, has added one star and subtracted another from its cast.
In: Adrien Brody, who has been tapped to play across Gerard Butler as the villain in the Albert Hughes-directed project. Out: Gary Oldman, who had been attached in the same role. Previously rumored as having been attached to the movie (albeit in the starring role): Jake Gyllenhaal, Dominic Cooper, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner.
"Motor City" traces the experiences of a newly released felon who attempts to find the folks who framed him.
Brody recently starred as Salvador Dali in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris." His highly stylized turn as the quixotic painter was widely appreciated as one of the film's highlights.
Butler has kept busy with over half a dozen movies in some stage of production over the next two years. According to IMDB, he's currently doing voice work on "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and filming "Olympus Has Fallen."
Below, a gut check of the previously considered leading men. For more, head over to Variety.
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.
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