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Like a kid in a candy store, director Stephen Gaghan’s long-gestating upcoming film Candy Store is gleefully surrounded by top notch products, with big names such as Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz interested in appearing within the film, and Chris Hemsworth getting as close as anyone to securing a part. But nobody mentioned above ever made anything official.
The Academy Award-winning Gaghan did sign Zero Dark Thirty’s Jason Clarke, a step in the right direction, and Variety reports relative newcomer Clarke will be teamed up with the classic thespianism of Robert De Niro. Even though he finally looked comfortable playing a normal person in last year’s Silver Linings Playbook, De Niro will thankfully be back in the underground crime world where he spent much of his acting prime.
His project choices and his performances within them are a crapshoot nowadays, but De Niro will be working from Gaghan’s script, co-written with Shannon Burke. Gaghan’s main directorial notch is 2005’s excellent Syriana, which he also wrote, and he won the Oscar for Traffic. And he also wrote the superbly oddball series American Gothic. So his less mentionable projects are forgiven, so long as this film delivers on all possible friends. No pressure.
Clarke will play a former covert ops agent who finds his neighborhood infested by members of the Brooklyn underworld that he spent much of his career trying to eliminate. De Niro will play an ex-cop who helps Clarke defend the city against the criminal threat. No pressure there, either. Omar Sy (Intouchables) also stars.
Lionsgate chose De Niro for his international box office draw, which is combined with the Australian Clarke’s strong TV and film work over the past few years and France’s Sy, who will be playing fan-favorite character Bishop in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. So it’s safe to say even if this film would only make a modest profit here in the States, the star power should appeal to almost everyone.