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IN THE WORKS: Rourke Joins McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths; Tatum and Carrell for Miller's Foxcatcher

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 19, 2011 at 5:34AM

- Martin McDonagh, the Irish playwright whose underappreciated big-screen debut In Bruges boasted Colin Farrell's career-best performance (and earned an Oscar nom for original screenplay), is compiling an impressive cast to star in his sophomore film, Seven Psychopaths. Mickey Rourke is joining Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken.
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- Martin McDonagh, the Irish playwright whose underappreciated big-screen debut In Bruges boasted Colin Farrell's career-best performance (and earned an Oscar nom for original screenplay), is compiling an impressive cast to star in his sophomore film, Seven Psychopaths. Mickey Rourke is joining Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken.

The film follows Farrell, a LA-based screenwriter struggling with his script (called Seven Psychopaths). He finds inspiration after getting dragged into dognapping escapades with his friends (Rockwell and Walken) when the Shih Tzu of a psychopathic gangster goes missing. He just needs to stay alive long enough to write it all down. This all sounds very McDonagh, a black comedy master who knows how to combine humor, violence and excruciatingly vulnerable human beings (and their beloved pets: see The Lieutenant of Inishmore).

UPDATE: Relativity Media also just announced that Rourke will be honored on October 31 with a Hand and Footprint ceremony outside Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theater, days before Relativity's Immortals (in which Rourke co-stars with Henry Cavill, Luke Evans and Freida Pinto), opens on November 11.

- Oh, Channing Tatum, it's so hard to be taken seriously when you look like an action figure. But Bennett Miller might give the hunk--who has survived some less-than-stellar projects intact-- a chance at being taken seriously. Tatum is in talks to star with Steve Carrell in Miller's Moneyball follow-up, Foxcatcher. Here's the LA Times:

"Carell is set to play du Pont, the heir to the du Pont chemical fortune who, in an apparent fit of paranoid schizophrenia, infamously shot and killed the Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz in 1996 at a Pennsylvania facility du Pont had built (the titular Foxcatcher). He was jailed for the crime, and died in prison in 2010."

Tatum would play Schultz. This meaty material would follow Tatum's star turn as an exotic-dancer in Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike, as well as the film reboot of 21 Jump Street. Capote writers E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman wrote the script for Foxcatcher, which Miller has been developing for years. Despite the five year stretch between Capote and Moneyball, Miller plans to shoot Foxcatcher in early 2012. Check out our interview with Miller.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.