James Ellory and Oren Moverman's L.A.P.D. film Rampart gets a slew of actors

The infamous L.A.P.D. "Rampart Scandal" of the late 90s has always seemed ideal fodder for a good police drama about corruption in law enforcement. Subject matter like that has obviously been tackled already, probably most notably in Antoine Fuqua's 2001 film TRAINING DAY, which was pretty much about the Rampart Scandal without it being explicitly so.

But now it seems that there will be a film that'll use the scandal as the backdrop for its story. That film is RAMPART, from writer/director Oren Moverman (THE MESSENGER, I'M NOT THERE), based on a story by author James Ellroy who's no stranger to Los Angeles and the L.A.P.D. (STREET KINGS, THE BLACK DHALIA, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL). The film already had Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, and Ice Cube in lead roles, and will now be adding Steve Buscemi, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Sigourney Weaver, and Robin Wright to round out the cast.

From an earlier Variety report: "'Rampart' is focused on a single police officer during the scandal and based on a story by James Ellroy. More than 70 officers were implicated in misconduct including unprovoked shootings, beatings, planting of evidence, framing of suspects, stealing and dealing narcotics, bank robbery, perjury and covering up evidence."

The film, set against the backdrop of the scandal within the L.A.P.D. Rampart Division, "is the fictional account of a veteran police officer (Harrelson) caught up in the scandal, and his search for redemption."

RAMPART is expected to begin shooting near the end of next month.
Extra Tidbit: Years ago, Sylvester Stallone was reportedly making his own Rampart Scandal film which also dealt with the murder investigations of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. Would've loved to have seen that.
Source: Variety



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