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Back at the peak of his "comeback" earlier this year, Mickey Rourke signed on to a new project with a fellow former 80s icon, planning to star in St. Vincent for director Walter Hill, who made Johnny Handsome with Rourke in 1986. Hill also directed classics like 48 Hrs and The Warriors, but like Rourke pre-Wrestler, hasn't had a hit in over a decade.
Now another Johnny Handsome alum has jumped on board what might be Hill's comeback. Twitch Film is reporting that Forest Whitaker has also joined the cast of St. Vincent, joined by Gong Li and Ray Winstone. It's unclear how any of these people will fit into the main plot, which goes as follows:
Hitman Vincent Novena (Mickey Rourke) goes deep undercover portraying a priest to get close enough to kill his gangland traitor target. He soon discovers that playing the part of a good man is more dangerous than being a mob killer ever was. No good deed goes unpunished. The more Vincent opens up, the more vulnerable he becomes ...
So is this two stars helping out an old friend, or an honest beginning for a former icon's comeback? We've all learned not to underestimate Mickey Rourke, so I feel OK having high hopes about this one.