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Charlie Hunnam In, Shia LaBeouf Out For John Hillcoat's 'Triple Nine'; Cate Blanchett & Christoph Waltz Lining Up Roles

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by Kevin Jagernauth
July 18, 2013 9:17 PM
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The bad news? Well, when we last spoke to John Hillcoat, he said he was aiming to shoot his cop flick "Triple Nine" this spring. That didn't happen. The good news? It looks like it's coming together, and he's putting together a pretty sweet cast to go along with it.

Though the director's "Lawless" star Shia LaBeouf had been attached for a while, The Wrap reports that he's out and "Sons Of Anarchy" and "Pacific Rim" hunk Charlie Hunnam is now in. Even more, Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Christoph Waltz are now in talks for the movie as well. Yeah, that sounds perfectly fine to us, and it seems like just as on "Lawless," some great actors are eager to work with Hillcoat. And the material sounds very promising, indeed.

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures are backing the movie that centers on a group of crooked L.A. police officers who realize they must shoot one of their own in order to get away with planning a major heist. They choose as their victim a rookie and honorable young officer, played by Hunnam. (Triple nine is the police code that signifies that an officer is down and needs urgent and immediate assistance). Waltz would play Hunnam's uncle and a cop investigating the heist, while Blanchett will get to be bad as a mobster's wife who's behind the whole thing. Damn.

Adding to the potential of the flick: it has a Black List approved script by Matt Cook and oh yeah, Nick Cave is likely going to reteam with his bud Hillcoat and score the flick. The aim is start lensing before 2013 is out, which makes sense given that Hunnam will star in Guillermo Del Toro's gothic horror "Crimson Peak" which starts shooting in early 2014. So a new John Hillcoat flick for next year? Fingers crossed but it sure looks like it.

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5 Comments

  • Mickey Pagels | July 26, 2013 2:22 PMReply

    Nick Cave also revised the script.

  • Mickey Pagels | July 26, 2013 2:22 PMReply

    Nick Cave also revised the script.

  • Mickey Pagels | July 26, 2013 2:22 PMReply

    Nick Cave also revised the script.

  • CB | July 19, 2013 4:47 AMReply

    So happy for Hillcoat. Amazing talent. Lawless was one of the most underrated films of 2012. I live in Denmark and I saw an interview with Mads Mikkelsen's brother Lars Mikkelsen, who's also an actor, and he said that Tom Hardy's performance was sublime, subtle and complex.

  • Leonardo | July 19, 2013 12:30 AMReply

    According to "The Film Stage" Idris Elba is wanted to portray the heist leader, that would be badass plus the mush beloved Guy Pearce appearance in the Hillcoat flick.

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