What happened to Kevin Bacon? Back in the '90s he was a huge star, doing movies like Tremors, A Few Good Men and Apollo 13, but sometime in the past decade he kind of fell off the map, only showing up for roles in major films every few years, like Mystic River and Frost/Nixon. The most notable thing he's done in the past year was losing all of his money to Bernie Madoff. Perhaps that was for the best though, because now he needs to make his money back, and what better way than to have a major role in a superhero flick?

...Kind of. Screen Daily has discovered that Bacon has joined the cast of James Gunn's superhero comedy Super, which is currently filming in Louisiana. Bacon will play the film's main baddie, a slick drug-dealer named Jacques who gets a gets a woman hooked on drugs, forcing her husband (Rainn Wilson) to don a costume and get her back.

As much as I appreciate the work of Bacon, Wilson and Gunn (his screenplay for Dawn of the Dead was fantastic and Slither is highly underrated), this movie is going to have a hard time keeping its head above water after Kick-Ass is released in April. The film looks promising, with Ellen Page and Liv Tyler making up the female half of the cast, but will not be able to avoid comparisons to the Matthew Vaughn flick, which will have been out for a few months before Super hits theaters. I will say this though: if it looks like a good movie, I'll be there opening weekend.
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