Uma Thurman Will Hunt Down Potheads In Action Comedy American Ultra

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Itís been over five years since David Gordon Greenís Pineapple Express smoked out theaters, and itís high time another decent stoner action comedy made its way in front of our squinty peepers. Luckily, Lionsgateís American Ultra will be kicking its production into action soon, and stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart wonít have to feel so alone as the only cast members. Uma Thurman has entered negotiations to take one of the sub-leads of the film, making this her first starring role in a feature since 2012ís Playing for Keeps. Did you also forget that movie existed?

American Ultra is the second film from British commercial and music video director Nima Nourizadeh, whose first film was the underwhelming youth culture comedy Project X. The screenplay was written by Chronicle writer Max Landis, who also has the umpteenth Frankenstein adaptation and the comedy Me Him Her coming out in the next year or so. Itís an interesting combination, as both of their first features gave the found-footage genre the rare non-horror treatment.

In this energetic black comedy, Eisenberg will play a lazy pothead named Mike who lives in an unassuming town with his girlfriend (Stewart). Mike was apparently involved in a secret government program that put a sleeper militia out into the population, and one crazy night, his past returns in the form of a government operation to end his life. Something that Iím sure wonít add to his paranoia. THR says Thurman will play one of the government suits who created the sleeper program, and sheís not willing to sit back and watch her employers take down one of her greats accomplishments.

While Eisenberg and Stewart may leave a bad taste in some peopleís mouths, I thought they were perfectly fine together in Greg Mattolaís Adventureland. Still, Thurmanís presence is welcome, and I canít wait to see who else Nourizadeh finds to play the actual bad guys.

The reason we havenít seen the beautiful blonde in a while is because sheís been busy raising her daughter Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson with French financier Arpad Busson. Sheíll next be seen completely clothed later this month in Lars Van Trierís nudity-filled Nymphomaniac, and possibly still has the Anita Bryant biopic in the pipeline, but Iím not sure. You can see her below talking to Jonathan Ross a few weeks ago about her upcoming role and her legacy as Quentin Tarentinoís character queen.

With a production company fleet of Likely Story, Circle of Confusion, and PalmStar Entertainment, American Ultra is looking to being filming on April 14. Youíd think they could just wait six days for 4/20, but I guess thatís going too far.
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