Posted on Thursday, June 17th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
That’s, uh, some kind of cast. Never thought I’d live to see the day where Gary Oldman shared the screen with Dane Cook, but it’s coming, thanks to the casting director of Girls, Guns & Gambling, who apparently has quite the sense of humor. (And, no, it’s not Christian Slater‘s mom, veteran casting director Mary Jo Slater.) The film is a crime thriller from writer/director Michael Winnick, and if you think it sounds like a weird ride based on the cast and title, just wait until you read the logline.
OK, we don’t exactly have a logline, but THR says the film includes “Elvis impersonators, Indians, modern cowboys, a 6-foot-tall blond assassin, a frat boy, a corrupt sheriff and a prostitute into a chase for a priceless American Indian artifact stolen during a poker game at an Indian casino.”
Furthermore, the report offers that Christian Slater is basically the straight man, who gets wasted and takes part in an Elvis impersonation context. Oldman is the king, so to speak, of the impersonators (the ‘mega-contender’) and Cook plays the sheriff. Which actually might be a pretty good use of Cook’s limited range. (I remember not hating Cook in Mr. Brooks, which seemed like a triumph, but maybe I’ve just put the worst of it out of my mind.)
So, yeah, OK, sounds a bit like a mashup of other gambling town /casino movies, and actually like the kind of picture that was getting made in the mid-’90s post Pulp Fiction boom. The fact that it’s happening now is a little weird, maybe, but with Oldman playing the king of the Elvis impersonators how can I not take a look?
Trade says this one is moving quickly, with a July 6 start on the calendar.