We’re all suckers for an armed and dangerous Bruce Willis and Summit Entertainment knows it. The studio announced that principal photography is underway on the Robert Schwentke spy film Red and that Willis will have quite a powerful cast backing him up.

Based on the graphic novel by Warren Ellis, Red tells the story of Frank Moses, a former black-ops CIA agent living a quiet and secluded life. His serene existence is disturbed when a hi-tech assassin arrives to take him out. With his identity compromised and the woman he loves threatened, Frank calls upon his old crew in an attempt to survive.

The cast is as intense as the plot. Willis’ love interest will be played by Mary-Louise Parker and his associates by Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren. The cast also includes Karl Urban, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfus, Ernest Borgnine, Julian McMahon, James Remar and Rebecca Pidgeon. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is well aware of the star power attached. He said, “I’m so excited at the phenomenal cast that Robert and our script have attracted.” That script comes from the brothers behind Whiteout, Jon and Erich Hoeber.

Summit President of Production Erik Feig assures us that “Red is that classic project with a little bit of something for everyone. We are thrilled to see it come to vivid life with an outstanding cast, incredibly talented director, and top notch producing team. It's gonna be a good one.” After shooting in and around the Toronto metropolitan area for nine weeks, the cast and crew will hit the road to shoot in New Orleans for two weeks in late march. Red is scheduled for an October 22nd, 2010 release.

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