Helen Mirren Joins the Cast of Red

An article over at ScreenDaily.com about some of the American movies looking for distribution and financing at the American Film Market’s AFI Fest this week mentions that Robert (Flightplan) Schwentke’s adaptation of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner comic book Red is slated to start shooting on January 11, 2010 with the previously announced cast of Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman joined by British Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren.

Willis will be playing retired CIA agent Paul Moses who must fight a hit team sent by the new leader of the CIA (Freeman) who wants to clean up loose ends i.e. former agents like Moses who know too much. More than likely, Mirren will be playing Freeman’s predecessor, Moses’ handler who he has kept in touch with over the phone while living in seclusion after retiring. It would likely be a small role, and there’s no indication whether we might actually see Mirren’s character on screen in the movie.

Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, the film is slated to shoot in Toronto and Louisiana, and it’s scheduled for release domestically by Summit Entertainment on November 19, 2010.

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