Timothy Olyphant to take Sharlto Copley’s place in I AM NUMBER FOUR

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
May 13th, 2010

Timothy Olyphant

About a month ago, we told you that DISTRICT 9′s Sharlto Copley was in talks to play Number Four’s “adult guardian and mentor” in DJ Caruso’s upcoming I AM NUMBER FOUR, but apparently those talks never worked out, and today it has been announced that Timothy Olyphant (Justified, Deadwood, HITMAN) will be stepping in to fill the role.

Olyphant joins a film that is being pitched as the next big thing for tweens, presumably because, like the TWILIGHT and HARRY POTTER sagas, NUMBER FOUR is based on the first in a series of books about a group of aliens who escape the destruction of their planet and come to Earth disguised as teenagers.  From there, they no doubt experience the drama of being a teenager, and live much like Tommy from 3rd Rock From The Sun.

While it’s sad to see Sharlto go, Olyphant is no slouch.  Also, being a bit older than Copley probably makes for a little bit stronger “mentor” presence.  If you need to get your Sharlto on, you can catch him in this summer’s mega-blockbuster THE A-TEAM as Murdock.

Source: Coming Soon

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