By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 25, 2012 at 4:30PM
Vince Vaughn is really eager to switch up his usual smart mouthed comedy thing for something with a bit more grit. Just last week it was revealed he had lined up "Gunslingers," an action adventure flick from "Braveheart" writer Randall Wallace. And earlier this year, he was linked to "Lucky Strike" with Tony Scott of all people. And now comes another movie that will potentially see him flexing some kind of acting muscles we've rarely seen from the guy who turned the word "earmuffs" into an instantly quotable piece of dialogue.
The actor's production shingle Wild West Picture Show has snagged the rights to Ridley Pearson's novel "The Risk Agent," and have taken it over to Universal to start the ball rolling on a big screen adaptation that would star Vaughn. He would presumably play John Knox, a civilian with exceptional combat skills and cultural knowledge, who is teamed with forensic accountant Grace Chu, to investigate the disappearance of Chinese man, working for an American company in China, who vanishes along with his security detail. Adding a twist to the story, private investigation is illegal in China.
No word yet on who will write this thing, but it's one of a number of projects on Vaughn's desk at the moment. He's currently hanging out with Owen Wilson and director Shawn Levy making "The Internship," and he also has the the remake of the French Canadian hit "Starbuck" in the cards. So this file this away, and we'll let you know when it pops up back on the radar. [Deadline]