Gerard Butler Will Be ‘Brilliant’ For Robert Luketic’s Diamond Heist Film

You’d think the words “Gerard Butler” and “diamond heist flick” would spell out something fantastic, but in the case of Robert Luketic‘s Brilliant, they seem to signal something less than shiny. Butler has just replaced a previously in-negotiations Eric Bana to star in the film (and that’s already a black mark against it in my book, I’d much rather watch Bana on screen than Butler), which will be directed by his The Ugly Truth helmer. Yeah, that’s not good.

Variety reports that Brilliant centers on “a small-time criminal who partners with a female thief to pull off a daring diamond heist.” While that’s certainly a fun premise, the closest that Luketic has come to a heist flick is 2008’s missed opportunity 21. And the film’s screenwriter will be of little help when it comes to crime expertise, as the film is writer Gillian Gorfil‘s first project.

It’s interesting that Luketic would take on such a film – his resume is peppered with second-tier rom-coms like The Ugly Truth, Win A Date With Tad Hamilton!, Killers, and Monster-in-Law. Chilling stuff. But does Brilliant signal a genre switch-up for Luketic, or is it really just a high concept romantic comedy masquerading as a slick heist flick? Butler’s resume is of no help on this one, as the Scot jumps genres like it’s his job (I get it, it is, he’s an actor), so we’ll just have to see how this one shakes out.

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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