‘Woody Harrelson is the most corrupt cop ever seen on screen’ is a pretty bold claim for a trailer for open with, especially as Rampart is meant to be based on a true story. In the film it’s late-1990s LA and Officer Dave Brown (Harrelson) is a Vietnam vet, Rampart Precinct cop, dedicated to doing “the people’s dirty work” and asserting his own code of justice, often blurring the lines between right and wrong to maintain his action-hero state of mind. When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral as the consequences of his past sins and his refusal to change his ways in light of a department-wide corruption scandal seal his fate. The movie has a superb cast and looks like it could be pretty good. It’ll be out early next year, when it’ll be having a bit of an awards run.
Yesterday, we brought you news that 20th Century Fox has set a Valentine’s Day 2013 release date for the fifth Die Hard flick, A Good Day to Die Hard. We also got a bit more info about the plot, which involves Bruce Willis’ John McClane heading to Russia to help his son.
Now Variety reports that Fox is already eyeing up actors as potential people to fill the role of McLane Jr, with Aaron Paul, Ben Foster, Paul Dano, and Milo Ventimiglia all set to test for the role next week. Fox has also reportedly shown interest in Paul Walker, although he is not expected to test for the role. However this isn’t just about finding someone to fill a supporting role like Justin Long did in Die Hard 4.0, as it’s being suggest that this character may end up carrying the franchise in future sequels.
As we said yesterday, A Good Day To Die Hard follows John McLane Moscow, where he tries sweet talk some cops into letting his apparently-wayward son out of jail. However, when he gets there, the events surrounding his son’s arrest aren’t what they appear and world-threatening terrorist hijinks ensue.
John Moore is directing A Good Day to Die Hard from a screenplay by Skip Woods with shooting expected to start early next year.
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