Hot off the success of the critically acclaimed HBO series True Detective, Woody Harrelson has signed on to join the already impressive cast of John Hillcoat’s upcoming heist thriller, Triple Nine. Shooting will begin this summer, and Open Road has already purchased domestic distribution rights, with plans to give the film a wide release next year.
The script, written by Matt Cook, will follow a group of corrupt cops who are blackmailed by the Russian mafia into executing an impossible heist. The only way for them to pull it off is to produce a “999,” which is police code for “officer down.” Complications ensue when the rookie officer set up to die evades the attack, setting into motion a chain of events fuelled by greed and revenge.
Harrelson will join a stacked cast that includes Casey Affleck, Kate Winslet, Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Paul, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Teresa Palmer and Gal Godot. As for which role he’ll take on, the actor will step into the shoes of Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen, “the uncle to the cop played by Affleck.”
Hillcoat has shown talent behind the camera before, most notably with his excellent 2005 film The Proposition. Despite dropping the ball with the promising yet ultimately disappointing Lawless back in 2012, my hopes are still high for this upcoming project. With a cast this star-studded, I’d like to think that it will be tough to deliver something sub-par.
Production is expected to move quickly on Triple Nine so we should have more updates for you in the near future.