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Dark Castle is currently working with Emmett/Furla Films on Albert Hughes' actioner "Motor City," which has Gerard Butler attached to star, though Gary Oldman and Amber Heard are no longer involved with the project.

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Albert Hughes just can't catch a break with casting for his latest effort, "Motor City." After a lengthy search for a male lead that saw names like Chris Evans, Dominic Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeremy Renner all linked before Gerard Butler jumped on board, the project has now hit another wall, losing its villain and female lead. Variety report that Gary Oldman and Amber Heard have now both departed the Dark Castle project for reasons unknown, though we imagine the delayed schedule may be to blame (lensing was originally slated to begin in the spring). This summer, Heard is set to shoot Robert Rodriguez's "Machete Kills" while Oldman has Robert Luketic's "Paranoia" on deck (and likely press rounds for "The Dark Knight Rises").

It's yet another setback but it's definitely still moving forward for Hughes with Variety noting that Dark Castle are "currently working" on it. Scripted by Chad St. John, the 2009 Black List script follows a small time crook who is framed and sent to jail, then seeks revenge on those who put him there. Most notable, though, is that the protagonist played by Butler apparently only has one line of dialogue throughout the whole film.

Interestingly, the film will mark Hughes' first solo effort behind the camera, in the past having teamed with twin brother Allen on films such as "The Book Of Eli" and "From Hell," as well their memorable debut feature "Menace II Society." Allen is also cooking up his own solo effort, the similarly titled "Broken City," which (as far as we know) has had an easier ride with casting. The film will star Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kyle Chandler, Barry Pepper and Jeffrey Wright for the "Chinatown"-esque tale of a private investigator hired for simple infidelity case who goes onto uncovers shady real estate deals and city corruption.

Source: IndieWire June 11, 2012

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Oh no, this is awful news since Gerry happily stated at Cannes 2012 that Gary Oldman was his "Hero" and would star in "Motor City" with him.

I hope the companies involved in it don´t turn away from the project after Daily Variety´s annoucement. Hold on, Gerry!!

Love from Brazil,

Karin

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I think Gery Oldman is now attached to Olympus/WHT - someone at Cannes said that and at the time I thought it would be strange for him to be in WHD and MC

:detect:

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It is too bad, I guess this is a good example of the ebb and flow of putting together a movie

the article from IndieWire (now in post 1) gives a bit of an explanation for Gary Oldman's detachment from the film....it's all in the timing.

Noting the article's line:

Most notable, though, is that the protagonist played by Butler apparently only has one line of dialogue throughout the whole film.

made me think...Gerry doesn't need to speak in order to convey his character's thoughts and emotions...his eyes and facial expressions are all we need to understand his character!

:D

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I'm sad that Gary is no longer in the film! So lets get Pacino?

Delene

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It is too bad, I guess this is a good example of the ebb and flow of putting together a movie

the article from IndieWire (now in post 1) gives a bit of an explanation for Gary Oldman's detachment from the film....it's all in the timing.

Noting the article's line:

Most notable, though, is that the protagonist played by Butler apparently only has one line of dialogue throughout the whole film.

made me think...Gerry doesn't need to speak in order to convey his character's thoughts and emotions...his eyes and facial expressions are all we need to understand his character!

:D

Well, with only one line of dialogue critics can't criticize Gerry's accent with this movie. At least we have that to be grateful for.

~HUGS~ Kathy

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I'm sad that Gary is no longer in the film! So lets get Pacino?

Delene

Great! Call him NOW!!!!!!!!

xoxo

Karin

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"Mr. Pacino! Al, baby! We need you! Wanna be a bad guy? And you're so good at it! You, antagonist, Gerard Butler, protagonist. Action, suspense, drama, hits the ground running, great script, no dialogue, Motor City! Call us! Love ya!" :watchclock:

Delene

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:funnyup:

not a bad idea!

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"Mr. Pacino! Al, baby! We need you! Wanna be a bad guy? And you're so good at it! You, antagonist, Gerard Butler, protagonist. Action, suspense, drama, hits the ground running, great script, no dialogue, Motor City! Call us! Love ya!" :watchclock:

Delene

Yes, just as soon as Al Pacino reads this thread, he'll totally be in. LOL

Ren

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:music:

Hello!

I'm disappointed too, Gary Oldman is such a great actor!!!!! It's just too bad!!!! Al Pacino would be an excellent choice, why not??????

Josée

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"Mr. Pacino! Al, baby! We need you! Wanna be a bad guy? And you're so good at it! You, antagonist, Gerard Butler, protagonist. Action, suspense, drama, hits the ground running, great script, no dialogue, Motor City! Call us! Love ya!" :watchclock:

Delene

Yes, just as soon as Al Pacino reads this thread, he'll totally be in. LOL

Ren

That was my thinking too! I'm applying a little of Gerry's "think it and it will happen" projecting out in to the universe cosmic energies. Now I've got a headache!

Delene

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"Mr. Pacino! Al, baby! We need you! Wanna be a bad guy? And you're so good at it! You, antagonist, Gerard Butler, protagonist. Action, suspense, drama, hits the ground running, great script, no dialogue, Motor City! Call us! Love ya!" :watchclock:

Delene

Yes, just as soon as Al Pacino reads this thread, he'll totally be in. LOL

Ren

That was my thinking too! I'm applying a little of Gerry's "think it and it will happen" projecting out in to the universe cosmic energies. Now I've got a headache!

Delene

Oh I love the idea! But, I´m afraid good ol´ Al would steal the Oscar from Gerry´s sweaty hands!

However, he would never steal our heartsssss LOL

xoxo

Karin

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:funnyup:

not a bad idea!

Thanks, Barb! Maybe all the GALS should send out the "vibe"! Couldn't hurt! :D

Delene

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Al Pacino? Perhaps if he was playing Gerry's dad who turned out to be a bad guy. Can't picture it. The height difference could be problematic as well.

Has to be a younger, taller actor OR ACTRESS? Charlize? Uma?

:detect:

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:bow2:I bow to THEM! Lovely ladies!!!

xoxo Karin

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:tantrum:No Oldman for the baddie? Get Jeffrey Dean Morgan to play with Gerry again..he was scary with Swank in the "Resident". Heck; get Swank too I love her and to see them together again would be a bonus!

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It is too bad, I guess this is a good example of the ebb and flow of putting together a movie

the article from IndieWire (now in post 1) gives a bit of an explanation for Gary Oldman's detachment from the film....it's all in the timing.

Noting the article's line:

Most notable, though, is that the protagonist played by Butler apparently only has one line of dialogue throughout the whole film.

made me think...Gerry doesn't need to speak in order to convey his character's thoughts and emotions...his eyes and facial expressions are all we need to understand his character!

:D

I totally agree. I was just thinking that exact same thought as I read the article.

I do hate it about Gary Oldman though. I would love to see them act together.

Love him absolutely,

Sandy

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