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Joel Schumacher, remembered most for alienating Batman fans in the mid-90s, has set his cast for the upcoming Twelve, based off a novel by young writer Nick McDonell. Variety is reporting that Rory Culkin (Signs), Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent, Ellen Barkin (Ocean’s 13), and Emma Roberts (Nancy Drew) are among the names joining Kiefer Sutherland in the story about teenage drug addiction.

This is the fifth time Schumacher has directed Sutherland going all the way back to the first time they teamed up in 1987′s cult classic The Lost Boys. They also worked together on Flatliners, A Time to Kill, and Phone Booth (when Sutherland replaced Ron Eldard’s voiceover work and one cameo at the end). So, question: How come Sutherland was never Batman? Kiefer would’ve been the perfect age for it and you can’t tell me he wouldn’t have been better than Val Kilmer and George Clooney put together. After having seen 6.5 seasons of “24,” I’m convinced he would’ve been terrific…but you hit Julia Roberts once, and you’re forced to do crap like The Cowboy Way for a decade. Pssh.

So this movie’s already got me as excited as a mid-tier release possibly can: it’s got drugs, Jack Bauer, and a dude from “Gossip Girl” (Chace Crawford). Sign me up.

Twelve starts shooting in April and will be an early 2010 release.


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