The cast of John Hillcoat’s Triple Nine just got a little more badass. Today, we’ve learned that Clifton Collins Jr., last seen in Transcendence and perhaps best known for his roles in Pacific Rim and on one-and-done TV dramas Red Widow and The Event, has come aboard the crime thriller in a supporting role.
No word yet on Collins’ role, but Triple Nine will focus on a scheme gone awry planned by a group of dirty cops. The full synopsis, via Deadline, reads:
A crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for “officer down”. Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck action packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge.
With Hillcoat, a director who has gritty, character-driven dramas like The Road and Lawless in his filmography, and a supremely talented cast which is led by Oscar nominees Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck, Triple Nine is definitely a project we’re very excited to see.
Those three actors alone would be enough to get me into a theater, but Triple Nine also includes some other tremendously talented cast members. Get ready for it: this crime thriller also stars Michael B. Jordan, Kate Winslet, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, Norman Reedus and Gal Gadot.
Now that Collins has joined the film, I’m at a loss to think of how this crop of actors could be better. This movie, simply put, has one of the most promising casts of any project in the works right now, and if screenwriter Matt Cook’s script can make good use of them, Triple Nine, which starts rolling cameras next month, will have been well worth the wait.