It has been reported that actor Michael Shannon has joined the cast of Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes. Bahrani, who has helmed several indie films such as Goodbye Solo and Man Push Cart, also penned the screenplay, which centres around a man whose home is foreclosed, and is forced to work for the broker responsible for the foreclosure in order to stay afloat. He is soon asked to act against his moral compass, helping the broker embezzle money from the government.
Andrew Garfield was already lined up earlier this summer to play the man who loses his home, and now Shannon is set to play the broker.
Shannon, who is known for his dark characters, sounds perfect for this role. I absolutely loved his performance as Zod in Man of Steel, as he displayed an amazing blend of ruthlessness and compassion, and almost made the villain into a sympathetic character. He continues to give one excellent performance after another and I’m excited to see what he’ll do here.
As for Garfield, he’s certainly a proven talent at this point, having shown his chops in films like The Social Network and The Amazing Spider-Man. It’s nice to see him doing some indie work despite the fact that he’s a huge star now and I have no doubt that he and Shannon will bring a lot to this film.
99 Homes is being produced by Treehouse Pictures. We’ll keep you posted when we have more information on it.