Main Cast For ‘Jackie Brown’ Prequel ‘Switch’ Is Almost Complete!

I may be going out on a limb here, or rather against the consensus, but my personal favourite Quentin Tarantino effort is JACKIE BROWN. Most probably due to seeing my favourite actor Robert DeNiro quoting the great filmmaker’s crackling script (and a soundtrack that oozes cool), which was adapted from Elmore Leonard’s novel Rum Punch. Plans for  prequel SWITCH (again from Leonard’s same-titled novel) have been talked about for a few years now, albeit without the involvement of the Oscar-winning writer and director. Now it appears those plans are moving forward.

Writer/director Dan Schechter will helm the film with a cast of Yasiin Bey (formerly known as musician and actor Mos Def) and John Hawkes taking the roles of Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara (previously played by Samuel L. Jackson and DeNiro). We’ll see how the duo first met in prison and their first crimes together once released. Jennifer Aniston and MODERN FAMILY’s Ty Burrell are also onboard with the latest expected casting being Aussie beauty Isla Fisher, who’ll take the role of giggling stoner Melanie (last portrayed by Bridget Fonda). Dennis Quaid was also due to join the cast but has had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.

Full plot synopsis goes as follows:

Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara have lots in common—time in the same slammer, convictions for grand theft auto, and a plan for a big score. They’re going to snatch the wife of a Detroit developer and collect some easy ransom money. They don’t figure on a bum of a husband who has a secret mistress and no desire to get his wife back. Or on his crazy, beautiful broad of a housewife who’s going to join Ordell and Louis in the slickest, saviest crime of all

SWITCH will shoot early next year. Thoughts?

Source: Variety

Craig is leading the charge as our north east correspondent, proving that it’s so ‘grim up north’ that losing yourself in a world of film is a foregone prerequisite. He has been studying the best (and often worst) of both classic and modern cinema at the University of Life for as long as he can remember. Craig’s favorite films include THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, JFK, GOODFELLAS, SCARFACE, and most of John Carpenter’s early work, particularly THE THING and HALLOWEEN.

1 Comment

  1. Sam Carey

    November 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    (salute) Craig, JB is my favourite QT as well. Not sold on this mind

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