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Of all of Modern Family‘s supremely talented cast, Sofia Vergara is the one most likely to turn it into a major Hollywood career. Beyond her voice-over work in Happy Feet Two and appearance in the Smurfs movies, she lent a modicum of sanity to The Three Stooges, is working with Woody Allen in John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo and will hopefully rip some shit apart with her bra machine gun for Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills. It didn’t take long for her to find another action romp - one that has a couple of stooges already attached to it.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned Vergara is in negotiations to appear opposite Jason Statham for the Simon West-helmed remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds film Heat. Notice how that was worded to avoid all confusion with Michael Mann’s 1995 crime epic - though it would be interesting to see Vergara and Al Pacino try to out-dialect one another.
Vergara will play a Las Vegas woman who falls victim to a mob attack, and Statham will play a recovering gambler working as a bodyguard who decides to avenge her beating before realizing he’s already gotten himself in too deep. The chemistry between the two isn’t immediately obvious, but it might help that Statham won’t be the unstoppable action hero man through the entire film. Given West’s penchant for all things masculine in films like Con Air and The Expendables 2, however, that might be a misguided assumption.
The film’s screenplay was adapted by William Goldman from his own novel of the same name, and he’s also responsible for the script for Dick Richard’s original adaptation. Here’s hoping the second time’s the charm. Let’s just be grateful nobody is trying to remake Goldman’s greatest contribution to the world, The Princess Bride.