Benicio Del Toro, James Franco, and Michael Shannon join THE ICEMAN

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 20th, 2011

While he may be the frontrunner for the upcoming take on the Three Stooges, Benicio Del Toro isn’t waiting to get back to acting.

According to Deadline, Del Toro is set to star in the upcoming film, THE ICEMAN, written by Morgan Land and Ariel Vromen. Vromen is set to direct the film, and the outlet has also revealed that Del Toro will be joined by Michael Shannon and James Franco in the upcoming biopic of famed hitman, Richard Kulinski.

Kulinski is notorious for claiming over 100 kills, all while keeping his identity a secret from his family, and will be portrayed by Shannon. Del Toro will play a mob boss Roy DeMeo, with Franco playing a fellow assassin.

The name may sound familiar, as Mickey Rourke is currently attached to a film based on the life of the same man, but this is a different project, based on a subsequent biography penned by Anthony Bruno.

This film sounds more than compelling, as names like Franco, Del Toro, and Shannon are three of the film world’s most sought after thespians. Vromen is a very talented young filmmaker, but this will be unlike anything the up-and-coming director has done prior (films like DANIKA and RX).  The cast is absolutely killer, and the idea of the trio partaking in a new mob film has this writer relatively freaking out, in the best possible way.

What do you think?

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