I guess that once you hit the age of 70, it's hard to not get that indelible stamp that says you're ready for movies about kicking the bucket, or playing the mentor figure over, and over, and over again. Even after playing the ultimate spiritual mentor, God, Morgan Freeman is jumping into another flick where he'll play an experienced man with a younger recruit. This time around, according to Variety, he's signed on for Mimi Leder's caper drama The Code, with Antonio Banderas.

This will reunite the actor and director, as Freeman starred in her 1998 film, Deep Impact, as the hole-making president trying to save a million Americans. This time around, the feature is a little more self-serving. Code, based on a script from Ted Humphrey, is about an old, "veteran thief who recruits a younger crook, played by Banderas, to help him pull off one final job in order to repay his debt to the Russian mob." Granted, Freeman's age isn't completely pigeon-holing him. I'm sure many an actor, especially those who get stuck in horror typecasting, wouldn't mind playing many different kinds of mentors and leaders. Not every man could jump from a stint as Lucius Fox to a tasty role as Nelson Mandela. As for Banderas, it should he a nice reminder that he can do more than fluffy dance films or kid flicks. Production begins this month in Bulgaria.
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