The ensemble cast of Steven Soderbergh’s sprawling “Contagion,” a film that weaves together various perspectives on a deadly viral outbreak, seems to have fallen into place: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard, with Laurence Fishburne possibly joining up as well. Yet little is publicly known about who they’ll all play.
While promoting his sci-fi thriller “Repo Men” on Tuesday, Law revealed to MTV News exactly what his role in the story will be. “I play a kind of unbridled blogger who’s a sort of scaremonger,” he said.
In mid-February, Warner Bros. beat out a bunch of other studios to pick up rights to the film. Law envisions a start to shooting at some point in 2010. “I think we’re going to do that end of the year,” he said. “It’s an enormous ensemble piece so it’s someone’s logistical nightmare. How they get us all, I don’t know. It’s under the same studio as ’[Sherlock] Holmes,’ so it’ll probably fit in and around that.”
Law admitted he’s not sure how much else he could say about the project, but he did mention some of the other viewpoints “Contagion” will follow. “Basically, yes, it’s about a deadly virus unleashed and you see it from many different points of view, whether it be the public, medical care, politicians,” he said.
And then there’s Jude Law, blogger-at-large, in a role sounding a bit similar to Woody Harrelson’s paranoid Internet maven in “2012,” though presumably not in quite such a ham-fisted manner.
“They’re saving it till the end of the year because I got a lot of method, a lot of deep character work I got to do to get there,” Law said, laughing.
Do you buy Jude Law as a blogger? How do you feel about this ensemble cast as compared to, say, Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s” series?