By Joe Cunningham | The Playlist February 16, 2012 at 8:59AM
Jennifer Aniston is set to star in "Switch." No, this isn't 2010 and Aniston won't be reuniting with Jason Bateman's seed and a turkey baster. This is something entirely different. In fact, this is "Switch," based on Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name and is the prequel to the novel "Rum Punch," which Quentin Tarantino turned into "Jackie Brown." Are you still with us? Good, let's carry on.
"Switch" had already cast Yasiin 'Mos Def' Bey and John Hawkes in the roles of Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara that Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro inhabited in "Jackie Brown." Ty Burrell (of "Modern Family" fame) was added to the cast last week, and now Aniston and Dennis Quaid are in talks to also join Dan Schechter's movie.
Deadline reports that Aniston will play Mickey Dawson, while Quaid will play her crooked real estate developer husband. According to the site they'll be pretty integral to the plot, as they describe thusly: "She’s kidnapped and ransomed by two ex-cons (Hawkes and Bey) and when the lowlife husband sees this as a way to get rid of his wife and refuses to pay the ransom, the kidnappers embrace a new opportunity: teaming with a pissed off bombshell housewife to get all of her husband’s money."
It's an interesting choice of film for Aniston, in particular, but we can absolutely see her being great in the role. After "Horrible Bosses" showed Aniston being funny for the first time in a long while, we were hoping she would be mixing things up a bit more and it looks like she's doing just that. In fact, all of the casting for "Switch" so far sounds very good indeed. We like the sound of the plot, we like the people involved, and we kinda like the idea of seeing these characters on the big screen again. So far, so good.