Back in April, Alison wondered how the upcoming Potsdamer Platz could contain the awesomeness of three potential stars -- Jason Statham, Javier Bardem, and Mickey Rourke. For sure, it must be a special piece of cinema to lure in this trio, looking well on its way to a Tony Scott version of The Expendables. You really can't do much better for a crime family drama, and the mere idea opens up a lot of possibilities for sweet cinematic interaction.

Now some have signed on and, of course, there is one man who is essential for the mix. It might be nothing more than repetitive typecasting, but at this point, after this many years, it's just expected and, well, required: Christopher Walken.

The Playlist has spotted a report from Le Parisien that says Rourke and Bardem have signed on the dotted line, along with Christopher Walken and French actor Johnny Hallyday. Statham isn't officially linked at this time, and word has it that Scott's been targeting Gene Hackman and Al Pacino. The film will focus on two soldiers from a New Jersey crime family who decide to expand the business internationally. Originally set to take place in Germany, Playlist notes that the film will be getting a title change as the festivities move to Puerto Rico. (Germany to PR? Your guess is as good as mine.)

Considering Rourke's involvement, I'm hoping that he bends Scott's ear and leads the director to Eric Roberts, rather than retirees and long-shots. Roberts would be a natural fit, and Rourke's spoken up for his The Pope of Greenwich Village co-star before. And along with Walken? That'd be one hell of a crime family.

Production is slated to begin early next year.
categories Cinematical