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Jodie Foster Courted To Join Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges In 'R.I.P.D.'?

by Oliver Lyttelton
June 27, 2011 1:45 AM
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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.

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6 Comments

  • anonymous | June 27, 2011 7:55 AMReply

    Very funny, Leon. Wes, I was referring to her not doing any would-be Oscar films lately. But she hasn't acted that much in general. Only about 8 films in the past 15 years. And Alex, how was the Brave One baity? lol. It was like a Charles Bronson revenge thriller flick. In fact her performance was acclaimed, but the one thing that held her back people said was the kind of film it was-not Oscar material. And the Beaver was staring Mel Gibson and was too weird. Had no chance. Carnage will be her first real would-be Oscar film since Nell really.

  • LEon | June 27, 2011 7:12 AMReply

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She will ruin the movie. She is a Nazi sympathizer a hate promoter and a terrible individual. She doesn't deserve to be in any movies ever again. She is the sister to the devil which means she will destroy any movie she is in. For earth's sake please no. :-0(

  • Bugsy Malone | June 27, 2011 6:00 AMReply

    Any performance by Jody Foster is Oscar worthy. She just doesn't play the Hollywood game.

  • Wes | June 27, 2011 4:31 AMReply

    Are you kidding me, anon? She's been in a lot of movies in the last 15 years. Unless you're counting "Oscar films." She was in Flightplan, Anna and the King, Inside Man, Panic Room, The Brave One and The Beaver...among some other not-so-well-known movies.

  • Alex | June 27, 2011 4:02 AMReply

    Uh, The Brave One and The Beaver were pretty baity.

  • anonymous | June 27, 2011 2:38 AMReply

    What would-be Oscar pictures? She hasn't really done any in the last 15 years. She hasn't been trying. And she's only done two mother-in-peril films. But because she doesn't work much, it makes it look like that's all she does now. This film sounds like it will suck, so I hope she doesn't do it. I'm looking forward to Carnage though. Now that is her only would-be Oscar film for ages.

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