It’s always worth adding Melissa Leo to the cast of a film, as she’s a remarkably adaptable actress who can morph into virtually any role asked of her and give a great performance (as proved by her Oscar win for The Fighter). Denis Villeneuve must agree, as Variety reports he’s signed her up for Prisoners, which will start shooting in Australia early next year.
She join Hugh Jackman in the movie, who plays a carpenter who learns that his young daughter and best friend have been kidnapped. When the police are no use, he decides to take the law into his own hands and get justice vigilante style. The only thing standing in his way is the detective who is working the case. Unfortunately there’s no info on who Leo will play.
The script, which has been in development for a couple of years, was written by Aaron Guzikowki, who also wrote the Mark Wahlberg action film Contraband. The current plan is to release Prisoners during the autumn of 2013.