Richard Dreyfuss Books Roles In Paranoia, Very Good Girls

By Sean O'Connell 2012-06-26 08:08:36discussion comments
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Richard Dreyfuss deserves more than this. The Oscar winner, in his prime, contributed to a handful of masterpieces like The Goodbye Girl, Stand By Men, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, American Graffiti and, of course, Jaws. Recently, he was in the truly atrocious Nia Vardalos comedy My Life in Ruins and the schlock horror flick Piranha 3D. Thatís unacceptable. Hopefully these two new projects Dreyfuss just booked will be better.

Variety says Dreyfuss is shooting a mainstream thriller and a lower-budget indie in the next few months. The first, an adaptation of the Joseph Finder novel Paranoia, boasts an all-star cast in a Robert Luketic-directed pic about a blue-collar worker (Liam Hemsworth) blackmailed by his employers into spying on a rival company. In addition to Dreyfuss and Hemsworth, Luketicís cast currently includes Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard, Lucas Till and Julian McMahon.

From there, Dreyfuss is expected to transition over to Very Good Girls, writer-director Naomi Fonerís love-triangle drama thatís structured around Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen. The trade says the ladies play best friends who are tested when they fall for the same man. Letís hope that man isnít Dreyfuss!

In all seriousness, these sound like much better opportunities for Dreyfuss who, at 64, can act circles around most everybody he has had to share the screen with. The actorís at the top of his game when heís bouncing off of equally gifted performers in filmís like Red or even on the TV series Parenthood. Itís great that directors are finding better roles for him, and his involvement in both Paranoia and Girls has us looking forward to both.
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