Robert Luketic‘s The Ugly Truth was among the worst reviewed films of Gerard Butler‘s career, so I can’t say I’m all that thrilled to hear that a reunion is brewing for the pair. Butler has signed on to replace Eric Bana in Brilliant, a thriller about “a small-time criminal who partners with a female thief to pull off a daring diamond heist.” The female lead has yet to be cast.

Luketic’s previous work consists mostly of fluffy romantic comedies like Killers, Monster-in-Law, and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, but he explored more dramatic territory with 2008′s 21. Production begins this May in Boston.

Butler has a slew of upcoming projects on his plate, including this year’s Movie 43, Playing the Field, and Of Men and Mavericks. Brilliant is scheduled to enter production in Boston this May. [Showblitz]

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Let’s start off this casting break with a quick one: Robert Luketic (The Ugly Truth) is putting together a diamond heist movie called Brilliant, written by Blood Diamond producer Gillian Gorfil. He’s now got Eric Bana set to star. The plot follows “a small-time criminal who joins accomplished thieves in a diamond heist,” with Bana presumably playing the small-timer. I can’t say that Luketic is the most inspiring choice — I don’t expect a serious heist movie here — but Bana could be a good choice for the lead. [Variety]

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Briefly: Robert Luketic is one of those directors whose name a lot of people might not be able to place, though they very likely have an opinion about his films. He had a hit with Legally Blonde in 2001, but since then has made a quartet of painful stinkers: Monster in Law, 21, The Ugly Truth and Killers.

Now he’s turning towards a heist film called Brilliant. The question is: will this be a heist film in the Killers and 21 mold, or something a little more classic? Read More »

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