Originally teased as a starring vehicle for "Das Boot" star Herbert Grönemeyer, the actor's involvement has yet to be confirmed, but a very nice cast has been building nevertheless, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright and the newest addition here, Willem Dafoe. While it remains to be seen what role Dafoe will take, Hoffman is slated to play the chief of a covert German spy unit on the trail of our protagonist, a half-Chechen, half-Russian man who illegally immigrates to Hamburg and -- in true le Carre fashion -- spins a web of intrigue that manages to involve a young British banker and a female lawyer. Wright recently replaced Rachel McAdams as a woman caught up in the whole ordeal with Daniel Bruhl among those rumored to also be joining.
But Dafoe isn't stopping there either, booking a role along side Matt Dillon in "Whiskey Bay," which certainly sounds like the B-grade fare the actor dips into from time to time. The film will see Dafoe play a veteran cop who busts Dillon's Jesse Wheeler, a notorious former member of the Aryan Brotherhood who’s trying to start his life over but gets enlisted to go undercover to expose illegal activities in the organization. The film is being directed by Chris Brinker, who likely met up with Dafoe thanks to his work on "The Boondocks Saints" films, and it has a script by Jonny Hirschbein with lensing to take place in Louisiana. [Variety/Deadline]