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Akon Joins Cast Of Indie Thriller 'American Heist' - A Remake Of 1959 Steve McQueen Film

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 24, 2013 3:20 PM
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Akon has joined Hayden ChristensenAdrien Brody, and Jordana Brewster in the indie action thriller American Heist - a remake of the 1959 Steve McQueen movie The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery.

The film tells the story of two brothers with shady pasts, both working towards some sense of normal lives, when one drags the other into a doomed bank robbery led by a gang of criminals, and their sibling loyalty to each other is tested. 

In the original 1959 film, Steve McQueen plays a college dropout hired to be the getaway driver in a bank robbery. It was based on a 1953 bank robbery attempt of Southwest Bank in St. Louis.

Sarik Andreasyan is directing this new take on the story, with Tove Christensen, Gevond Andreasyan, Georgy Malkov and Vladimir Poliakov producing the movie, which begins shooting June 24.

No word on what role exactly Akon is playing (his character's name is "Sugar," according to IMDB). Also no word on why exactly Akon is in the movie in the first place - although this wouldn't be his first time in front of the camera.

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  • los | July 5, 2013 3:20 PMReply

    Shouldn't change the remake too much. Suppose to been two girls in it. One suppose have been one of the gang member sister.guessed they didn't want to hired another girl. Still we don't know Hayden name in the movie.

  • ab | July 1, 2013 2:54 PMReply

    Akon is in the Nigerian movie "Black November".... If that counts as being infront of the camera!!

  • George | June 24, 2013 6:50 PMReply

    It seems like this movie being called remake is trying to garner it credibility. So far its a rarity for remakes of 40's and 50's noir being anywhere as good as the original. Especially with less than a good cast to sell the material of a morality tale.

  • Nadia | June 24, 2013 4:34 PMReply

    "... although no word on why exactly Akon is in the film in the first place." Lol! That was going to be my first question.

  • BluTopaz | June 24, 2013 3:36 PMReply


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