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Nick Nolte Joins Jason Statham's 'Parker'

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 4, 2011 10:15 AM
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...and then there's Nick Nolte, the two-time Academy Award nominee who seemed to be in every movie in the '90s and then hit a weird patch in the aughts where he was less in demand (even though 2002's "The Good Thief" features one of his finest performances), but seems to be be back to his ever-busy ways. While we'll ignore the fact that he was in "Arthur" and "The Zookeeper" this year, he's got the hotly buzzed "Warrior" and the highly anticipated Michael Mann/HBO series "Luck" on the horizon and he recently came aboard the Robert Redford/Shia LaBeouf vehicle "The Company You Keep." And while we may not approve too highly of his next move, his grizzled technique is only sure to elevate the proceedings.

Over on Twitter, Michael Chiklis and Wendell Pierce -- both co-stars of upcoming Jason Statham flick "Parker" -- hit their accounts to express their joy on starting production, revealing Nolte's casting in the process. "I'm shooting PARKER with Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Micheal Chiklis, and Nick Nolte. First day tomorrow!" Pierce tweeted, with Chiklis stating, "...#JasonStatham, #J-Lo, #NickNolte and yours flick."

Directed by Taylor Hackford, the thriller is based on the character created by Donald E. Westlake—portrayed on screen already by Mel Gibson in “Payback” and Lee Marvin in “Point Blank”—and rather than being based on any single book, this Parker will be lifted and plopped into a fresh adventure in a script by John J. McLaughlin, who co-wrote “Black Swan.” Jennifer Lopez and Clifton Collins Jr. co-star in the film which as you probably know by now, has started filming. No word yet on Nolte's role, but he can definitely out-growl anybody else on the set. We don't expect anything more than a routine Statham flick, but we have to admit this cast is pretty solid, so we remain very cautiously intrigued.

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  • Stephen B | August 5, 2011 4:03 AMReply

    Jess -- I think they're using several stories, one of which is Flashfire (The Hunter may be in the mix too).

  • ZK | August 5, 2011 2:04 AMReply

    should read "David Milch/Michael Mann HBO series." Respect is due.

  • Fred | August 4, 2011 12:53 PMReply

    Still with the Statham hate, eh? Oh well, what did we expect? At least the first commenter invoked the fine "The Bank Job" (proof that all Stathams are not interchangeable). Also, we can add Robert Duvall to the portrayals of the (renamed) Parker character from 1973's excellent "The Outfit" and I'm sure if this blog existed back then we'd be having the same back and forth about Charles Bronson.

  • Jess | August 4, 2011 11:45 AMReply

    Just read that they're actually adapting Flashfire so it won't be an original story.

  • Stephen B | August 4, 2011 10:38 AMReply

    They couldn't ask for better source material. Here's hoping they don't screw up Westlake's greatest works.

  • jess | August 4, 2011 10:38 AMReply

    Pretty interesting cast ! and if it's anything like what Statham did on "The Bank Job" this could turn out pretty good.

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