What happens when a hero goes bad and heads up a criminal empire? We're about to find out. Variety reports that there's a new indie gangster film in the works called Criminal Empire for Dummys, which might be yet another irritatingly misspelled title, but also boasts a bad-ass cast. Milo Ventimiglia, Gary Oldman, and Malin Akerman will star, with Michael Clarke Duncan and Harvey Keitel also on the roster. Cliff Dorfman (Entourage) wrote the script, and will make it his feature directorial debut.

The film will focus on a "charismatic young man" played by Ventimiglia, "who relates the do's and don'ts of running a criminal empire through a flashback to his own rise from a tragic childhood and life in the ghetto to eventual position as a multinational drug and criminal kingpin." Last year, however, things were playing out a little differently.

During TIFF, Arclight Films was pushing the feature as a vehicle for Chris Evans, Keitel, and Rachel Bilson. Somewhere along the way, the Human Torch exited, a hero without a spunky name entered, Akerman slipped into Bilson's spot, and this is the big surprise: Keitel got downgraded from co-star to supporting gig. The same Arclight blurb also gave a whole different tone to the project as well. "Lesson One -- If you're gonna be a gangster, you're gonna get caught. Not a matter of if. Just a matter of when. Thus starts our journey as we follow the rise of the infamous Ray Ford. From his severely fractured home, to the U.S. Marine Corps, to the housing projects of the deep south, to running the largest criminal empire known worldwide."

Production will kick off later this month in New Orleans. Ventimiglia... Evans... Which hero do you prefer as criminal kingpin?
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