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Simon West's Heat remake is up one more familiar face. Joining Jason Statham in the film is Milo Ventimiglia, who may be best known for playing the starring role of Peter Petrelli in NBC's Heroes, or on the feature side, as the title character's son in Rocky Balboa.
Heat will have Jason Statham filling the shoes (but probably not the mustache) of Burt Reynolds, who starred in the original 1986 film based on William Goldman's novel about a bodyguard working in Las Vegas. In addition to penning the novel, Goldman wrote the screenplay for the original film, and he also wrote the adapted screenplay for the one West is directing.
The Wrap says Ventimiglia has been cast to play Danny, "the son of a prominent businessman with ties to a mobster and casino owner named Baby." In an effort to keep himself safe and covered wherever he goes, he has two bodyguards with him when he travels. The part was originally played by Neil Barry. Ventimiglia's casting follows the news last month that Michael Angarano has joined the film.
Among Ventimiglia's recent feature credits is the role of Chad in Adam Sandler's That's my Boy, and it looks like he'll be back in another Sandler film soon enough, as he's credited for the part of "Frat Boy Milo" in Grown-Ups 2. On the small screen, Ventimiglia stars in the Crackle thriller series Chosen, which was picked up for a second season just last month. And then there's his part in Frank Darabont's TNT drama Lost Angels. Needless to say, Ventimiglia's keeping busy these days, and now he can add Heat to the list of upcoming projects.