"Walk Hard" star John C. Reilly and Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds") are reportedly in negotiations to join the cast of “Red”, an adaptation of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner’s miniseries created in 2003 for Wildstorm.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reilly would portray a retired CIA agent who is paranoid that everyone is out to kill him while Parker would play a federal pension worker who is romantically involved with Bruce Willis’ lead character and becomes entangled in his struggle to evade the high-tech assassins out to kill him. Morgan Freeman is also attached to play a leading role.
“Red” appears to be picking up steam as it heads in front of the cameras in January. Earlier this week, it was announced that Helen Mirren has been cast in a role rumored to be the former handler of Willis’ character. The film is also tentatively scheduled to be released in November 2010.
While director Robert Schwentke has already revealed that the adaptation of “Red” will be much lighter than the original miniseries, the high caliber cast of “Red” has continued to draw interest towards Ellis’ burgeoning Hollywood career.
Ellis—who is also signed to write the screenplay adaptation of his creator owned comic “Gravel”—recently optioned “Black Summer” to Vigilante Entertainment. A film adaptation of Ellis’ “Ocean” is also reportedly in development.
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