Saturday, 27 September 2014

Billy Bob Thornton in talks for Our Brand Is Crisis

With Sandra Bullock (Gravity) attached to star and David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) on board to direct, political comedy drama Our Brand Is Crisis is taking beautiful shape at Warner Bros. According to The Wrap, Billy Bob Thornton (Jayne Mansfield's Car) is now in talks to co-star.

Our Brand Is Crisis is adapted from Rachel Boynton's 2005 documentary, which saw President Clinton's former advisors James Carville and Stan Greenberg applying what they had learned in the trenches of American politics to a campaign in Bolivia, and the effects it has on the process.

Thornton's role is still being kept under wraps (though we could certainly see him as Carville), but we do now know that Bullock will be "Calamity" Jane Bodine, a charismatic retired American political consultant known for quoting famous people when she's making points.

Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) wrote the script, and Green should be shooting this autumn. Thornton, who recently scored an Emmy nomination for his role as laconic hit man Lorne Malvo in Fargo, is part of the cast for Robert Downey Jr.'s (Iron Man) latest, The Judge, due here on 17 October. He'll also be seen in London Fields and the Entourage film, which will be wandering drunkenly into UK cinemas on 19 June next year.

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