Having received raved reviews for his performance as Wilson Fisk on Marvel’s Daredevil, Vincent D’Onofrio has set himself up for another antagonist role, this time on the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that D’Onofrio is in negotiations to play the villain in Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming CHiPs movie, based on the NBC television series. Dax Shepard is attached to write, direct and star opposite Michael Pena.
The series, which ran between 1977 and 1983, focused on two police officers who patrolled the California highways on motorcycles. Shepard will play Officer Jon Baker (played on the show by Larry Wilcox) with Pena attached to play Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, the role that made Erik Estrada famous.
D’Onofrio, who also plays a role in the upcoming Jurassic World, will in CHiPs play a former cop who has turned to the opposite side of the law and now runs an underground syndicate of car thieves. D’Onofrio can also be seen coming up in Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven and is expected to also return for the second season of “Daredevil,” planned to stream on Netflix in 2016.
Said to be in the vein of buddy cop movies like Bad Boys and Lethal Weapon, CHiPs was written by Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove before Shepard did his own draft. Andrew Panay is producing.
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