As though the cast of “Red 2” needed any more help in being thoroughly fantastic (hint: it didn’t), “Band of Brothers” actor Neal McDonough has just been announced as joining the aging team of covert operatives.
McDonough, no stranger to comic books with his role as Dum Dum Dugan in the first “Captain America” movie, has signed on for a hush-hush role in the upcoming sequel to “Red,” based on the DC Comics and Wildstorm series from Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner.
Variety has the news on the casting, no word on the specifics of the character. Here’s what we do know about the film so far. Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich are all returning as retired and extremely dangerous special agents in their twilight years, reenergized after the events of the first “Red” film. This time, the gang is on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction, but before they can truly set off on their search, they need to break the man who invented the weapon out of an insane asylum.
Willis, Mirren and Malkovich are joined by franchise newcomers Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung-hun Lee. Dean Parisot is directing the movie with an eyeball on an August 2, 2013 release date. The Variety report mentions the return of Morgan Freeman, though somehow I doubt his character will be back, unless he’s mastered the art of resurrection on top of everything else.
As for McDonough, he’s an excellent addition to any cast. With any luck, we’ll be hearing about the return of his Dum Dum to “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” sometime soon.
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