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Adrien Brody found himself playing the villain when he portrayed the insane drug dealer Psycho Ed earlier this year in the pot comedy HIGH School, and now he's getting set to play another part on the antagonist side. The Oscar-winning actor is now in talks to play the central villain in Motor City, the new film from director Albert Hughes. The role was originally going to be played by Gary Oldman, however, he recently dropped out of the production.
Variety, who reported the Brody casting, says that production is gearing up to start in the middle of next month with Gerard Butler set to star. The story follows a man who gets sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit and, upon his release, goes on the hunt for the people who framed him. Chad St. John wrote the script for the movie.
It was recently said that Mickey Rourke is in talks to join the project as well, however, the new report doesn't mention his name. It's unclear if this means that Rourke is not involved with the production or if the trade doesn't have the latest information. Famed producer Joel Silver and his Dark Castle banner are producing the movie along with Andrew Rona, Ethan Erwin, Randall Emmett and George Furla.
Brody recently completed work on two projects, namely the Xiaogang Feng drama 1942 (which co-stars Tim Robbins) and Vince Offer's InAPPropriate Comedy (which also has Rob Schneider, Michelle Rodriguez, and Lindsay Lohan). Motor City will be released by Warner Bros. next April.