The Hollywood Reporter is telling us that U2’s Larry Mullen Jr. (the drummer), is getting ready to take a step into the world of film. He will produce, act in and compose the score for a remake of Patrice Leconte‘s comic thriller Man On The Train. Mullen Jr. will co-star with Donald Sutherland, Graham Greene, Tony Nardi, Carlo Rota and Kate O’Toole with Mary McGuckian directing. Mullen Jr. is usually the quiet one in the band, not usually commanding a lot of the spotlight. So it’s nice to see him get a chance to shine.
He’s a fantastic drummer but seeing as this is his first film role, I’m not sure how he’ll hold up in front of the camera. The project seems to have come out of nowhere so we don’t know much about it but apparently the plot will follow “a retired small town school-teacher (Sutherland) prepping for open-heart surgery who crosses paths with a stranger (Mullen Jr.) planning to rob the local bank.”
It sounds kind of interesting though and I’m a huge U2 fan so I’ll likely see it for Mullen Jr. alone. What do you think? Have you seen the original?