Willem Dafoe In Talks For Stephen Sommers' 'Odd Thomas'

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 11, 2011 4:02 AM
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Willem Dafoe is a man of eclectic taste, vacillating between decidedly arthouse fare like "Antichrist" and "The Dust Of Time," low rent fare like "Mr. Bean's Holiday" and "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" and straight up tentpole movies such as "Spiderman" and the upcoming "John Carter Of Mars." He follows his muse wherever it goes really, and it looks like it has a taste for the supernatural.

THR reports that Dafoe is in talks to join "The Mummy" and "G.I. Joe" director Stephen Sommers' gestating tween thriller "Odd Thomas." Starring Anton Yelchin and Addison Timlin, the film is an adaptation of Dean Koontz‘s mystery series about a short-order cook who can communicate with the dead. Dafoe would play police Chief Wyatt Porter who is aware of the titular character's (Yelchin) powers, who along with the love interest played by Timlin, is the only one privy to this info. There's still no word on Tim Robbins who was reported to be also circling a part in the film -- either that of the police chief (now taken) or Fungus Man a stranger who Thomas believes is linked to an upcoming catastrophe -- but we suppose we'll find out soon enough.

With an intriguing premise, some decent buzz and solid cast shaping up, could this be Sommers' first decent film? We're not holding our breath, but we'll give him a shot. The independently-produced picture gets underway on May 2nd in New Mexico, for a release in 2012.

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2 Comments

  • Bryan george | April 14, 2011 2:03 AMReply

    hello willem dafoe
    how are you getting on with yourself are you looking forward for easter, but easters next sunday, and then after easter my mum and me we are going away to ireland for a week and I have got family there aswell.

    last october I have been very naughty and I have been punched one of the staff at towerlands cafe and her name was kerry, and I have been slapped her crossing the face and punched her, but I am not going to do that again I hope not so so I hope you be good and dont do anything stupid and I catch you again

    Bryan george

  • Cranly | April 13, 2011 5:49 AMReply

    Just FYI: Dafoe has also signed on (replacing Ethan Hawke) to Abel Ferrara's new drama: "4:44," about a couple confronting the last day on earth. The pre-production for which is being shot and chronicled extensively here: http://abelferraratv.com.

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