Here’s another reason to keep Motor City on your radar: Deadline reports that Jake Gyllenhaal is in negotiations to play the lead in Albert Hughes’ revenge thriller. Gary Oldman was recently cast as the villain, and Amber Heard is playing the female lead, so this one is building a solid cast. Read on for a refresher about the film’s plot, and a bit more info about who Gyllenhaal will play.
Motor City is unique because in its earliest incarnation, it only had one line of dialogue in the entire film. No one knows if that gimmick has stuck through to the current version of the script, but it’s interesting to note. The story follows ex-army ranger John Miller (Gyllenhaal) who, like seemingly every protagonist in this genre, is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, and now he must hunt down the man responsible for setting him up (Oldman) and stealing his true love (Heard).
Dominic Cooper was once attached as the lead, and since that conflicts with Deadline’s report, we’re not sure if Cooper is still appearing in some other capacity or if he’s left the project altogether. Gyllenhaal obviously has the chops to handle a role like this, but I’m really hoping Motor City keeps with the “one line in the whole movie” angle to separate it from other similar projects in Hollywood.
Update: Variety says Cooper left due to scheduling conflicts.
Another Update: Gyllenhaal is no longer involved due to scheduling conflicts of his own.