While many will likely associate Pierce Brosnan with his recurring role as James Bond from Goldeneye to Die Another Day, or films like The Thomas Crown Affair, his credits are fairly all over the map in terms of genre, with less of a focus on action films in recent years, and more on dramas and comedies (among them, I Don't Know How She Does It, The Greatest, Remember Me, not to mention Mamma Mia!). With roles in the upcoming Love Punch and All You Need is Love, it seemed like he was content to steer clear of the action. Apparently not as he's joined the cast of the John Erick Dowdle directed action thriller The Coup.

We learned last week that Owen Wilson was set to star in The Coup, which would mark his first starring role in a thriller since Behind Enemy Lines in 2001. Today comes word that Pierce Brosnan will be joining him, and that John Erick Dowdle will be directing the film, which he co-wrote with his brother Drew Dowdle.

The Coup follows an American family living in Southeast Asia where they find themselves "entangled in a violent coup where merciless rebels are attacking the city." From what producer Steve Alexander says, it sounds like Brosnan's one of the good guys…
“Having Pierce step into the role of a mysterious and ultimately heroic government operative is the perfect compliment to Owen’s everyman dilemma. We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

The film is set to begin production in October. Added to Wilson's involvement in the thriller after a decade of mostly comedies, Brosnan's casting certainly adds to the appeal of the project. It'll be interesting to see what kind of chemistry the two have on screen together.

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