The adaptation of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner’s “Red” could be adding some additional Hollywood star power to its already impressive cast with Julian McMahon, Ernest Borgnine, Richard Dreyfuss and Brian Cox.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, McMahon would portray the Vice President who is at the center of the conspiracy to kill a former CIA agent (played by Bruce Willis). Borgnine would be the keeper of the CIA’s darkest secrets while Dreyfuss is up for the role of a wealthy man who made his fortune on government contracts. Cox would be a former Cold War spy and a rival to Willis’ character.
McMahon and Cox have both been in major comic book movies before as Doctor Doom in the “Fantastic Four” film series and William Stryker in “X2: X-Men United”, respectively.
Originally published in 2003 as a three-issue miniseries by Wildstorm, “Red” follows Willis’ retired black ops agent as he is targeted by “younger, high-tech assassins.” It’s worth noting that none of the cast members announced to date seem to fit that description. In theory, this could mean that additional major casting announcements could be forthcoming.
“Red” is set to shoot in January with director Robert Schwentke (“The Time Traveler’s Wife”). While Schwentke has told MTV News that the tone will be much lighter than Ellis’ original story, it hasn’t stopped Ellis’ recent Hollywood ascension. In this year alone, Ellis has also optioned “Black Summer” and is tapped to write the screenplay adaptation of his ongoing series “Gravel.”
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