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Chris Evans replaces James Franco in Ariel Vromen's The Iceman

11.22.2011

It seems THE ICEMAN may still cometh after all!

Last we heard, James Franco had dropped out of director Ariel Vroman's biopic based on the life of professional mob hitman Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski, citing contractual issues. The project was thought to be dead at that point.

But according to Deadline, Chris Evans (THE AVENGERS) has stepped up to save the project, taking over Franco's former role. Evans will play Robert "Mr. Softee" Pronge, mentor assassin to Kuklinski who will be played by Michael Shannon (MAN OF STEEL, TAKE SHELTER). Benicio Del Toro (STAR TREK 2, SILENCE) rounds out the film's power trio of actors, playing mob boss Roy Demeo. The film, a biopic based on Anthony Bruno's book The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer, examines the life of the infamous hitman of the Gambino crime family who was said to have murdered hundreds in a span of nearly four decades.

Till then, Evans continues his work as the Star-Spangled Superhero in Joss Whedon's currently filming THE AVENGERS. THE ICEMAN will begin production sometime next month.

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Extra Tidbit: Is Evans the better choice to play a hitman?
Source: Deadline

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5:27AM on 06/01/2012
I like this choice over Franco actually. I like it that he isn't always a front runner for project. I like the fact that he's also doing small work as well as big films, Avengers obviously the one.
I like this choice over Franco actually. I like it that he isn't always a front runner for project. I like the fact that he's also doing small work as well as big films, Avengers obviously the one.
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6:31AM on 11/23/2011
Good for Evans. He can't always be playing the superhero. He had to either take The Iceman role or play Iceman in the Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends live-action.
Good for Evans. He can't always be playing the superhero. He had to either take The Iceman role or play Iceman in the Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends live-action.
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1:42AM on 11/23/2011
The guy's nickname was "Mr. Softee"??? Why not just call him Limp Noodle?
The guy's nickname was "Mr. Softee"??? Why not just call him Limp Noodle?
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3:50PM on 11/22/2011

Total crap

It's an interesting story, and might make a good movie, but saying this is based on a "true story" is really dishonest. All credible sources say Kuklinski and the guy that wrote this book are completely full of crap. He may have killed some people for the mafia, but the number and method of this has been completely exaggerated. This story is utterly contrived and really just the fantasy of an attention starved sociopath and a hack writer.
It's an interesting story, and might make a good movie, but saying this is based on a "true story" is really dishonest. All credible sources say Kuklinski and the guy that wrote this book are completely full of crap. He may have killed some people for the mafia, but the number and method of this has been completely exaggerated. This story is utterly contrived and really just the fantasy of an attention starved sociopath and a hack writer.
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2:29PM on 11/22/2011
He's a better choice than Franco and a better actor. Hope he nails it.
He's a better choice than Franco and a better actor. Hope he nails it.
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12:25PM on 11/22/2011
Evans in Sunshine really showed me that he can do any role he wants pretty much.
So I am looking forward to this.
Evans in Sunshine really showed me that he can do any role he wants pretty much.
So I am looking forward to this.
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11:31AM on 11/22/2011
Wait, so he's played a guy made of fire, then a guy frozen in ice and now the Ice Man.
Wait, so he's played a guy made of fire, then a guy frozen in ice and now the Ice Man.
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7:39AM on 11/22/2011
Evans has a boyish charm in him which works well with Human Torch and Captain America and some of romantic comedies that he was in. But as a mentor assassin? I don't know if he's up for it. But like dillisasexyman said, he's an interesting choice.
Evans has a boyish charm in him which works well with Human Torch and Captain America and some of romantic comedies that he was in. But as a mentor assassin? I don't know if he's up for it. But like dillisasexyman said, he's an interesting choice.
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6:38AM on 11/22/2011
I'm not sure if Evans is a better choice, but I think he's a more interesting choice.
I'm not sure if Evans is a better choice, but I think he's a more interesting choice.
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