Michael Keaton And Michelle Monaghan To Star In Penthouse North
The Toronto International Film Festival (alias TIFF) is not simply a place to showcase completed films, but also to shop films currently in development. Such is the case with Penthouse North, a psychological thriller which is set to star Michelle Monaghan and Michael Keaton according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will begin production in Ottawa in November. The plot of Penthouse North will revolve around a criminal (Keaton) who torments a photojournalist (Monoghan) while trying to obtain a fortune hidden in the penthouse in which she lives. Monaghanís current film Machine Gun Preacher, co-starring Gerard Butler, is currently playing the festival.
Itís about damn time Michael Keaton landed a starring role in a film again. Keaton hasnít headlined a film since 2005ís White Noise. Since then heís been popping up in supporting roles and cameos as well as voicing animated characters for Disneyís Cars and Toy Story 3. Heís one of my favorite actors who has proven himself not only in the realm of comedy, we all remember his dynamite performance in Beetlejuice, but in more serious roles as well. He was great in Desperate Measures, Jackie Brown, and I even enjoyed his turn as Batman. He proved to be one of best aspects of The Other Guys and his Ken was my favorite new addition to the Toy Story roster. I am incredibly excited to see him play a psychotic villain, though I hope Penthouse North turns out to be better than 1990ís Pacific Heights.
Of course thatís not to undersell Michelle Monaghan, as she too is immensely talented. Iím sorry to say I havenít yet seen Source Code, but Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of my favorite films, and her neo film noir lady in red character plays beautifully against Robert Downey Jr.ís hapless outsider and Val Kilmerís suave detective. These two joining forces will make for one captivating film.
The one thing that does make me a bit nervous about this announcement is the fact that Penthouse North will be written by David Loughery. Loughery previously gave us Lakeview Terrace and Obsessed; two of the least thrilling thrillers in recent memory.
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