Last week Scoot McNairy was made to look like he was becoming one of the busier actors working today. In one fell swoop it he had managed to rope three roles in three major upcoming films including Andrew Dominik's Cogan's Trade; Ridley Scott's Prometheus; and Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Now it looks like one of those projects slipped through his fingers.
Variety reports that Jimmi Simpson, best known for roles on television shows like It's Always Sunny in Philidelphia and Psych, has joined the cast of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter along side Ben Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie and Mary Elisabeth Winstead. Simpson will play Josh Speed, Abe's best friend and assistant - the role that McNairy was rumored for just a few days ago. Production on the film is scheduled to begin in March and is set to be released in June of next year.
While Simpson has somewhat made a name for himself playing oddball characters (his character on It's Always Sunny, Liam McPoyle, certainly leading the pack), he has previously shown a capacity to play more serious, such as his guest spot on House and his role as a gunman in Date Night. Now the only question is what did Scoot McNairy do to lose the gig? Or did he ever have it?
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