Mickey Rourke and Til Schweiger have joined the cast of “The Courier”, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, according to The Wrap.
Hany Abu-Assad’s action thriller fixes on a courier (“Watchmen” star Morgan) known for his deadly dispatches. In this particular case, he’s been hired to get a briefcase into the hands of a mobster who can’t be located.
Derek Haas and Michael Brandt (“3:10 to Yuma”, “Wanted”) wrote the script.
Schweiger (“Inglourious Basterds”, “King Arthur”) will play an FBI agent. No word on who Rourke is playing.
Schweiger has also been enlisted for a role as an arms dealer in “This Mean’s War” with Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine.
With Jason Statham seemingly content doing remakes of old Charles Bronson (and, for that matter, Oliver Grunner flicks – “Expendables” jab right there!) flicks, there’s a space that needs filling in terms of two-word muscle-for-hire franchises. Might “The Courier” be the cure for those left aching with “Transporter” withdrawals?
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, fresh from the liked but not-so-successful “The Losers”, is said to play the lead role in a new biffo flick from ”Paradise Now” helmer Hany Abu-Assad.
Deadline says the “Script’s by 3:10 to Yuma team Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, and Morgan plays a courier who has taken on improbable missions and never missed a drop. He’s hired to deliver a briefcase to a notorious underworld figure that can’t be found. The courier finds himself pursued by corrupt cops, double-crossing feds and rival crime bosses. Cary Brokaw is producing.”
Morgan has some good stuff due out over the next year – sans the “Red Dawn” remake, of course, which won’t hit theaters until 2040.