By Oliver Lyttelton | www.oliverlyttelton.com June 27, 2011 at 1:45AM
After many years of worthy, middlebrow would-be-Oscar pictures and my-daughter-is-in-peril films, it finally seems like Jodie Foster is ready to have fun again. Playing a character described as "a magnificent c**t" in Spike Lee's "Inside Man" seems to have loosened the Oscar-winning actress up a bit, with subsequent roles including kids' flick "Nim's Island," voicing Maggie Simpson, and trading barbs in Roman Polanski's upcoming "Carnage."
She's also heading back into tentpole territory for the first time in over a decade: she's got a part lined up alongside Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley in the sci-fi picture "Elysium," director Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to the oustanding "District 9," and now it seems like she might make an appearance in another big-budget 2013 release, as Bloody Disgusting reports that Sony, who is backing Blomkamp's film, also want Foster to team up again with her director on the ludicrous "Flightplan," Robert Schwentke, on the comic book adaptation "R.I.P.D."
The film involves a murdered cop who joins the titular department of deceased detectives, teaming with an old-timer to battle strange creatures and solve his own death. Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges are already set for the leads, and according to the site, Foster is being pursued for the role of "Procter," who they hint may be the boss of Reynolds' and Bridges' characters.
It seems like early days yet, and there's no indication of whether the interest is mutual. Some have suggested that Foster might have scheduling conflicts with "Elysium" preventing her from doing it, but as the actress has already said her part in that film would only involve three weeks work, so we think that's unlikely. If she does sign, however, it can only be a good thing for a film that we're a little cautious of. "R.I.P.D" will hit theaters, with or without Foster, on June 28, 2013.