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Director Walter Hill replaces Mickey Rourke with Pierce Brosnan

05.14.2010

Back when Mickey Rourke first started getting a career rebirth thanks to THE WRESTLER, he was attaching himself to almost every project that came along. One of them was the indie crime thriller ST. VINCENT, which would reunite him with his JOHNNY HANDSOME director Walter Hill.

The project fell apart, but Hill is reassembling it with a new cast. Now stepping in for Rourke is Pierce Brosnan playing Vincent Novena, a hitman who goes deep undercover masquerading as a priest to get close enough to kill his gangland traitor target. He soon discovers that playing the part of a good man is more dangerous than being a mob killer ever was.

Bily Bob Thornton will play the guy in the crosshairs. Maria Bello and Giovanni Ribisi are also on the project. (The first time around, the movie had Ray Winstone, Gong Li and Forest Whitaker.)

Hill is a Hollywood veteran known for such macho classics like 48 HRS., THE WARRIORS, SOUTHERN COMFORT, EXTREME PREJUDICE and WILD BILL.

Extra Tidbit: Brosnan has played the hired gun before, in the underappreciated THE MATADOR.
Source: Variety

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8:46AM on 05/18/2010
the matador was an awesome movie, really funny
the matador was an awesome movie, really funny
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11:07PM on 05/15/2010
Hey....we can't win'em all
Hey....we can't win'em all
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7:03PM on 05/15/2010
Thats a good casting choice..Pierce Brosnan! I have a feeling it will be a good movie.
Thats a good casting choice..Pierce Brosnan! I have a feeling it will be a good movie.
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4:20PM on 05/15/2010
This should be good.

I liked Kinnear in Matador, it was an ok movie, maybe a bit long
This should be good.

I liked Kinnear in Matador, it was an ok movie, maybe a bit long
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2:12PM on 05/15/2010
Good news. Pierce has really matured into a great actor. Hope he gets more starring roles.

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Good news. Pierce has really matured into a great actor. Hope he gets more starring roles.

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12:38PM on 05/15/2010
Sounds really cool, but I have to admit, I'd have liked to have seen Ray Winstone and Gong Li.
Sounds really cool, but I have to admit, I'd have liked to have seen Ray Winstone and Gong Li.
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9:19AM on 05/15/2010

SUPER!

I am yet to see Brosnan give an ice cold performance as an assassin in The Fourth Protocol. Have a good feeling about the movie. Great cast. Just hope it gets a major release.......
I am yet to see Brosnan give an ice cold performance as an assassin in The Fourth Protocol. Have a good feeling about the movie. Great cast. Just hope it gets a major release.......
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9:14AM on 05/15/2010

SUPER!

I am yet to see Brosnan give an ice cold performance as an assassin in The Fourth Protocol. Have a good feeling about the movie. Great cast. Just hope it gets a major release.......
I am yet to see Brosnan give an ice cold performance as an assassin in The Fourth Protocol. Have a good feeling about the movie. Great cast. Just hope it gets a major release.......
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8:28AM on 05/15/2010
This sounds very good. I'll see it.
This sounds very good. I'll see it.
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8:21AM on 05/15/2010

Thank god, I thought it was cancelled.

But at least Hill got another badass for the lead role. I'm so pumped!

side note--Extreme Prejudice is HIGHLY underrated.
But at least Hill got another badass for the lead role. I'm so pumped!

side note--Extreme Prejudice is HIGHLY underrated.
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3:42AM on 05/15/2010

Over the Hill?

I wonder if Walter still got it. He used to make excellent exploitation films. Curious how this will turn out (great cast though).
I wonder if Walter still got it. He used to make excellent exploitation films. Curious how this will turn out (great cast though).
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1:51AM on 05/15/2010
The Matador is underappreciated. I'm always up for Brosnan and a role like this.
The Matador is underappreciated. I'm always up for Brosnan and a role like this.
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1:29AM on 05/15/2010

I don't know...

...Pierce Brosnan is good and all, but he's got this cheesy vibe to him whenever he plays a hitman or "secret" something. Bond was good because that was new for him, but any other suave role thereafter just made him look like a parody of himself...sort of. Rourke would have owned this role, though.
...Pierce Brosnan is good and all, but he's got this cheesy vibe to him whenever he plays a hitman or "secret" something. Bond was good because that was new for him, but any other suave role thereafter just made him look like a parody of himself...sort of. Rourke would have owned this role, though.
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1:09AM on 05/15/2010
Sounds pretty interesting. Walter Hill has also PRODUCED a ton of famous films, including Alien and Aliens.

Losing Rourke sucks but I dig Brosnan as a replacement.
Sounds pretty interesting. Walter Hill has also PRODUCED a ton of famous films, including Alien and Aliens.

Losing Rourke sucks but I dig Brosnan as a replacement.
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12:48AM on 05/15/2010
Interesting...I just can't picture a casting director sitting around thinking...for this part we need either Mickey Rourke or Pierce Brosnan.

Having said that, I'm happy about this, I think Brosnan is a great actor.
Interesting...I just can't picture a casting director sitting around thinking...for this part we need either Mickey Rourke or Pierce Brosnan.

Having said that, I'm happy about this, I think Brosnan is a great actor.
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11:54PM on 05/14/2010

due to lack of Walter Hill films...

in the past few years I'm for this.
Pierce I think is the type of guy that can turn in a solid performance but I just don't think other people have as much confidence in him and he gets stuck with shit like fucking mama mia and that movie with the twilight dude.
in the past few years I'm for this.
Pierce I think is the type of guy that can turn in a solid performance but I just don't think other people have as much confidence in him and he gets stuck with shit like fucking mama mia and that movie with the twilight dude.
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