I dug John Cusack in Grosse Point Blank, and many other actors who have taken on the role of hit man. However, none of them really compare to the thought of Gary Oldman getting down with his bad self once again. As Peter mentioned yesterday, the actor is in talks to join the cast of the Japan-set thriller Rain Fall. Should the negotiations go well, Oldman will play John Rain, "a hit man who is forced to protect the daughter of one of his victims against assassination by the CIA." It's a role that could be good, but with Oldman, can be great.

Unfortunately, don't start dreaming of a new Professional quite yet. While the film is adapted from Barry Eisler's best-selling novel, it's a Japanese production that will be shot mostly in Japanese, with only 15% of the dialog being English. I'm not quite sure how that works, but I guess we'll see soon enough. Eisler's book follows Rain, a Japanese American half-breed who used to be part of the US Special Forces. As a hit man, he's got a skill for making his hits look like natural death. He performs a hit for a computer disc, that many are looking for, and happens to fall in love with the hit's daughter. Oldman will be joined on-screen by Shiina Kippei and Akiho Hasegawa.

I love Oldman's recent stints in Harry Potter and the new Batman series, but really, is there anything like bad-ass Oldman? Which baddie do you prefer?

*Gah. In my fangirl haze, I mistaken misread the piece as Oldman being the assassin. My apologies! Jonathan is probably right, but still, this could be a creepy role for the actor. Bring on the creep!
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