Casting: Liotta joins PLACE BEYOND THE PINES; five in talks for AWOL

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 27th, 2011

Following in the footsteps of his 2010 masterpiece BLUE VALENTINE, director Derek Cianfrance could have, for all intents and purposes, done any project that he damn well pleased. And now, as his next film A PLACE BEYOND THE PINE ramps up into production, the cast is beginning to round out, and in one hell of a big way.

Variety is reporting that Ray Liotta has joined the film’s cast, in the role of a corrupt cop. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, and Greta Gerwig, and is penned by the pair of Cianfrance and writer Ben Coccio, who have compared it to the likes of THE DEER HUNTER in tone.

Now, as a fan of VALENTINE, this cast is really just icing on an already pretty sweet cake. Liotta is one of the more intriguing actors around today, particularly at this stage in his career. This is a perfect film for him to take on, and should prove far more interesting than those straight-to-DVD thrillers that he’s called home for the past few years.

Finally, the cast for the upcoming thriller AWOL is beginning to form, and it’s quite a cavalcade of hot young talent.  Variety is reporting that the film will star Liam Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer, Chris Lowell, Max Adler, Aimee Teegarden, and Austin Stowell, all of whom are currently in talks.

The film is set to be helmed by Danny Mooney based on a script from Jim Burnstein and Garrett Schiff, and will follow the true story of a soldier who is dumped by his girlfriend during Vietnam. The soldier and his friend go AWOL to get her back. The fact that it’s based on a true story should definitely add a bit of intrigue to the project, but other than that, it’s hard to get excited for a cast like this. Palmer is a really gifted actress, but other than that, this is definitely a wait-and-see.

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