It seems as if we’ve been talking about casting for John Hillcoat’s Triple Nine for years now – and, well, we have, as the Lawless and The Road helmer’s new crime drama has gone through a number of casting incarnations before (presumably) finally settling on its newly announced cast.
The Wrap reports that talents like Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Michael B. Jordan are all in talks to star in the film, giving the new feature a big boost when it comes to “possible stars in the awards conversation this year.” The trio could star alongside another pair of awards favorites, Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett, who are also rumored for roles in the film.
The film will follow “a group of thieves who plan to kill a young LAPD officer to divert the police away from a daring heist they’re perpetrating across town. The title ‘Triple Nine’ refers to police code indicating that an officer needs immediate assistance.” Affleck would play the young officer, while Ejiofor could star as the criminal mastermind, and Jordan is looking at the role of a double-crossing cop who actually works for Ejiofor while partnering with Affleck to set him up for the heist.
Hillcoat knows a thing or two about gritty features with a crime bent, and moving his talents into a modern setting in a big city sounds like a very natural progression of his talents. The film is now looking to start shooting next year, and if these new casting picks pan out, it looks like the long-buzzed-about project might finally get made with some urgency.
At various times, the film was set to star names like Shia LaBeouf and Charlie Hunnam.
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