The cast for the adaptation of Warren Ellis’ comic miniseries Red appears to be filling out quite nicely. It began with Bruce Willis, who was signed on from the beginning. Then in April, Morgan Freeman joined the project. Then earlier this week, the lovely Helen Mirren signed on. But wait, that’s not all…
According to THR’s Heat Vision, Red is adding two more great names to the project. John C. Reilly — who will play a retired CIA agent paranoid about being assassinated; and Weeds temptress Mary Louise Parker, who will play the love interest of Bruce Willis’ character. Willis will play Paul Moses, whose plight can be described in the official synopsis below:
As a C.I.A. operative, Paul Moses’s unique talent for killing took him around the world, from one hotspot to another, carrying out the deadly orders of his superiors. And when he retired, he wanted to put his bloody past behind him. But when a new administration takes over the White House, the powers that be decide that Moses knows too much, forcing him back into the game against the agency that trained him.
It’s one of those stories where the legendary warrior — in this case a CIA operative — must go up against a younger, more advanced group of operatives. Think about the Bourne movies, but if Jason Bourne were in his late 40s. Except, instead of Matt Damon, Jason Bourne is played by the ever-badass Bruce Willis. Alright, change of tune: think John McClane, if he were being chased by the CIA. That’s much better.
Now, if only director Robert Schwentke — who brought us Flightplan and The Time Traveler’s Wife — can pull it off. We shall see.