Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Columbia Pictures has sent out a press release announcing the start of production on Michel Gondry‘s The Green Hornet. Hidden in the press release are details of a couple previously unannounced cast members, including Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, In The Bedroom) and David Harbour (Revolutionary Road, Quantum of Solace), as well as confirming the previous unconfirmed casting report of Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica). The press release notes that Nicolas Cage is still in negotiations to appear as the film’s villain.
Wilkinson worked with Gondry previously on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. No information has been revealed as to what role any of the three mentioned actors will play in the film. Read the full press release after the jump.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FILMING COMMENCES ON THE GREEN HORNETTM
DIRECTED BY MICHEL GONDRY AND STARRING SETH ROGEN,
JAY CHOU AND CAMERON DIAZ FOR COLUMBIA PICTURES
CULVER CITY, Calif., September 2, 2009 – A classic character of film, television, radio and comic books returns to the big screen in Columbia Pictures’ feature film The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen (Superbad, Knocked Up) as the vigilante crime-fighter. Production is underway on the Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) helmed film, which is produced by Neal H. Moritz (I Am Legend, The Fast and the Furious) and executive produced by Michael Grillo (The Accidental Tourist), Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express), Ori Marmur (Evan Almighty) and George W. Trendle, Jr. The screenplay is by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, based upon “The Green Hornet” radio series created by George W. Trendle and shoots entirely in Los Angeles. The film is set for release December 17, 2010.
In addition to Rogen, the film also stars Taiwanese actor-pop star Jay Chou as Kato, Cameron Diaz (Charlie’s Angels, What Happens in Vegas), Edward James Olmos (“Battlestar Galactica”), David Harbour (Revolutionary Road) and Tom Wilkinson (Valkyrie). Nicolas Cage is also in negotiations to appear in the film.
Academy Award®-nominee John Schwartzman (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) is the director of photography. Production designer is Owen Paterson (The Matrix Revolutions), Kym Barrett (Speed Racer) serves as costume designer and Michael Tronick (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is editing.