Adrien Brody is one unpredictable guy. After he shot to fame in "The Pianist," I expected him to be the dramatic actor, one of those stars who is legendary for going Method and delving into dark films. But he's happily done sci-fi, giant apes, Wes Anderson, and Italian horror. Now he's making his first real action movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brody has signed on to play the lead in "The Courier" for Arclight Films. Russell Mulcahy will direct, and Michael Brandt and Derek Haas penned the screenplay. Given that they were the team behind "Wanted" and "3:10 to Yuma," you can guess what kind of bullet-laden movie this is going to be.
Brody will play a daredevil courier, who's just trying to do his job and deliver a briefcase to an underworld criminal who can't be found. He's pursued by cops and crime bosses alike as he tries to make the drop. The film starts shooting in January in Las Vegas and Louisiana, so expect some really flashy scenes on the Strip!
This is the kind of movie you expect Jason Statham to be headlining, not Brody -- but it should be a lot of fun to see him recklessly take on cops, mobsters, and all the other figures of the underworld.
Can you see Brody as the next American action hero? Or should he leave the guns and explosions to someone else, and stick to the offbeat, dramatic roles?