By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist March 18, 2014 at 6:15PM
So, quick question: where has Woody Harrelson been through the media blitz that surrounded HBO's phenomenal "True Detective"? While Matthew McConaughey got the lion's share of the praise and media attention, let's pour one out for Woody Harrelson who was just as good in a far less showy role, with a character whose changes are much more subtle. Well, John Hillcoat was certainly paying attention to his work.
The director has cast Harrelson in the star-studded crime flick, "Triple Nine." The actor joins Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Michael Pena, Teresa Palmer and Gal Gadot in the Matt Cook penned thriller about a group of crooked L.A. police officers who realize they must shoot one of their own in order to get away with planning a major heist. They choose as their victim a rookie and honorable young officer, but what they don't know is that another cop has infiltrated the gang and is working on a setup. Production begins this summer and hot damn, let's hope it's as good as it sounds.
Meanwhile, Tilda Swinton continues to surprise, taking a role in Judd Apatow's "Trainwreck." Uh, awesome. She'll join Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson and Colin Quinn in the movie that will reportedly center on a woman who's a "basket case," played by Schumer, who is trying to rebuild her life, with a boyfriend, parent and best friend all in the mix of characters she's dealing with. But that's an old description and plots tend to change in the hands of Apatow, so we'll just have to wait until next summer to see how it turns out. Additionally,"Saturday Night Live" star Vanessa Bayer, Ezra Miller ("We Need To Talk About Kevin," "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," WWE pro-wrestler John Cena, Barkhad Abdi ("Captain Phillips"), comedian Mike Birbiglia ("Sleepwalk With Me") and Jon Glaser ("Girls") are also in talks to join the film. [Deadline/The Wrap/THR/Variety]