Posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Just a day ago I talked about Seven Psychopaths, the new movie from In Bruges director Martin McDonagh, because Mickey Rourke had proclaimed McDonagh to be a ‘jerkoff’ and refused to be in the film. McDonagh “wanted a whole lot for nothing,” the actor said, so he bailed.
Everything has worked out fine, as long as I’m concerned, however. Rourke is gone, but now Woody Harrelson has taken his role, and Olga Kurylenko and Tom Waits have also signed on to the film that already featured Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken.
Deadline says that the film began production this week, with Farrell playing the main character, a screenwriter who is having trouble with his work. He’s implicated in some shadowy dealings of two friends (Rockwell and Walken) who may or may not have stolen a dog from a gangster (Harrelson).
How do Waits and Kurylenko fit in? No idea. I’d expect Waits’ role to be fairly small, but every once in a while (as in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) he ends up with a larger part to play, so there’s always hope that he’ll get some good screen time. And while Harrelson might not be exactly who some fans of the script might have seen in his role, I think he has proven that he’s more than capable of channeling a bit of psycho.
Here’s the synopsis for what is already looking like one of the films I’m really going to be excited to see in 2012:
From Oscar-winning writer and director Martin McDonagh comes a star-studded, blood-drenched, black comedy. Marty (Colin Farrell) is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay Seven Psychopaths. All he needs is a little focus and inspiration. Billy (Sam Rockwell) is Marty’s best friend, an unemployed actor and part time dog thief, who wants to help Marty by any means necessary. Hans (Christopher Walken) is Billy’s partner in crime. A religious man with a violent past. Charlie is the psychopathetic gangster whose beloved dog, Billy and Hans have just stolen. Charlie’s unpredictable, extremely violent and wouldn’t think twice about killing anyone or anything associated with the theft. Marty is going to get all the focus and inspiration he needs, just as long as he lives to tell the tale.