Spring Breakers provocateur Harmony Korine’s next project already had our curiosity, but now, it has our attention. Today, we learned that Oscar winner Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, Ray) will star in Korine’s upcoming ensemble gangster drama The Trap alongside another revered Oscar winner: Benicio del Toro (Traffic, 21 Grams).
The Trap centers on two childhood friends both in their mid-to-late 30s. One of them has become a very successful businessman, while the other has spent most of his adult life rotting in jail. On the eve of a big recognition for the successful man, the other is released from prison and sets out on a path of vengeance, determined to get even.
Korine scripted and will direct the pic, which kicks off production in Miami early next year. The director, who also helmed controversial titles Gummo and Trash Humpers, has described it as his “most ambitious film to date,” and after the success of Spring Breakers, it makes sense that Korine would see fit to rope in A-list talent like Foxx and del Toro. The pair will be Korine’s first leads to have previously taken home Academy gold. Other major roles are expected to be cast shortly.
Regardless of who else climbs aboard, the involvement of Korine, Foxx and del Toro has me hooked, especially given that Foxx and del Toro have both been generally gravitating toward lighter fare lately. Foxx co-starred in this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and will lead two blockbuster titles this winter: raunchy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 and song-and-dance musical remake Annie. Del Toro, meanwhile, has climbed on board the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing The Collector in Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy, and has a major role in this fall’s Oscar contender Inherent Vice.
More on The Trap will be posted as it becomes available, but tell us below, are you intrigued by what we know about the pic so far? Or are Korine’s films not your cup of tea?