Connie Nielsen Joins Kevin Costner In Untitled McG Thriller
Danish actress Connie Nielsen has appeared in many American movies, such as Ridley Scott's Gladiator, Mark Romanek's One Hour Photo and Taylor Hackford's The Devil's Advocate, but has yet to really have her big breakthrough Stateside. 2013, however, looks like it could prove the tipping point for her. Not only will she be co-starring in Lars von Trier's daring erotic drama Nymphomaniac opposite the likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, and Shia LaBeouf, Nielsen will also appear opposite Kevin Costner in McG's next big and flashy thriller. The former seems guaranteed to attract plenty of art house crowds, critical notice and controversy, while the latter seems destined to grab mainstream attention.
According to a press release, Nielsen has just signed on to the film, which is officially untitled but was formerly known as Three Days to Kill. She joins Costner as well as a cast that includes Hailee Steinfeld and Amber Heard. Penned by Luc Besson and Adi Hasak, this darkly comedic action feature has Costner playing an ailing former Secret Service agent who comes out of retirement on the condition that he'll be given access to an experimental drug that just might save his life. Heard will play his handler, while Steinfeld and Neilsen will take on the roles of his daughter and ex-wife, respectively.
While Besson's name used to suggest smart and daring action-comedies (circa La Femme Nikita, The Professional and The Fifth Element), his more recent scripts—like Lockout, Columbiana and From Paris With Love--haven't been met with much praise. Likewise, McG's efforts—from This Means War to Terminator Salvation and Charlie's Angels – Full Throttle--are often critically scorned. Nonetheless, McG movies make money internationally even when they flop domestically, which is to say that while Three Days to Kill may not score Nielsen positive reviews, that's not why you sign on to a Luc Besson/McG movie. You do it to be part of the massive attention it's guaranteed to gather for its audacious plot, eye-catching stars, and sure-to-be splashy global ad campaign. Leave critical notice to Nymphomaniac.
Three Days to Kill is now shooting in Paris. Production will later move to Serbia, and wrap by the end of April.
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