Captain America star Dominic Cooper was once attached to an action film called Motor City, but he’s since dropped out and moved on to co-star in a crime thriller called Dead Man Down opposite Colin Farrell. Now, Variety reports Dead Man Down has just found its bad guy in another actor from the Marvel family – Iron Man star Terrence Howard.
Farrell plays the lead, a man who goes undercover in the crime syndicate responsible for killing his family. Noomi Rapace also stars as a mysterious woman who has also been harmed by the organization, and she seduces and blackmails Farrell to get what she wants. Cooper will play Farrell’s sidekick contact out in the streets, and the recently-announced Howard will star as the leader of the criminal organization, a man who doesn’t take kindly to Farrell’s plans for revenge.
I’m a huge Terrence Howard fan, and even though this movie sounds an awful lot like Scott Cooper’s upcoming Out of the Furnace, I’m a strong supporter of genre work like this when it’s done correctly. Director Niels Arden Oplev will reunite with Noomi Rapace for this film, as he directed her in the original Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo before David Fincher took a crack at an American version at the end of 2011. With a strong cast like this, I think this movie could turn out really well and hopefully we’ll start seeing a rise of high-quality revenge thrillers making their way to theaters over the next few years.