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Jamie Foxx joins Willis in Kane and Lynch

03.18.2010

Back in 2008 it was announced that Bruce Willis had signed on to star in KANE & LYNCH, the Lionsgate adaptation of the popular video game. The search for his co-star continued for the next two years until it was just announced yesterday that Jamie Foxx will play Lynch to Willis' Kane. How exactly did it get announced? In that way that likely drives execs, producers and publicists insane: Twitter.

Writer Kyle Ward took to Twitter yesterday and posted "Done deal... Jamie Foxx is in" before obviously getting an earful from his bosses and deleting the posts from his feed. Trouble with Twitter is obviously once you post it, people can RT it and then the news is all but out there. Twitter isn't exactly rock solid proof but today there's been confirmation that Foxx is indeed in and production is scheduled to begin this August.

Newcomer Simon Crane is directing the film with Bruce's brother David producing. If you're unfamiliar, the story follows a mercenary and a psychopath who are forced to team up to shoot things, blow stuff up and save the day. Normally a plot that wouldn't be much special but something about the casting of Willis and Foxx has me hooked...

Extra Tidbit: I would not have wanted to be Kyle Ward yesterday.
Source: Deadline

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7:40PM on 03/22/2010

Whatever...

You have two great actors who both know their action movies and their going to play guys who shoot everything...twice. Just stop bitching because its either going to be awesome or better than Max Payne and maybe Hitman...depending on which one you liked more.
You have two great actors who both know their action movies and their going to play guys who shoot everything...twice. Just stop bitching because its either going to be awesome or better than Max Payne and maybe Hitman...depending on which one you liked more.
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1:49PM on 03/19/2010

J Foxx?

Mike Sampson are you on crack? Great game, great movie concept with one exception.....LYNCH WAS WHITE! WTF guys, enough with the PC BS already.
Mike Sampson are you on crack? Great game, great movie concept with one exception.....LYNCH WAS WHITE! WTF guys, enough with the PC BS already.
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2:13AM on 03/19/2010
EPIC FAIL!
EPIC FAIL!
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1:50AM on 03/19/2010
Really does it matter what color he is ,shouldn't be a issue but the fact Foxx has become a ego fuckwit since winning that award should.Can't stand the man.
Really does it matter what color he is ,shouldn't be a issue but the fact Foxx has become a ego fuckwit since winning that award should.Can't stand the man.
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1:15AM on 03/19/2010

Huh!?

Since when was the game actually popular?It didn't even have a full ending!
Since when was the game actually popular?It didn't even have a full ending!
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11:43PM on 03/18/2010
I'm not a gamer. I've never played this game. However, since before it ever came out I was interested. The initial idea seemed a lot like something I'd watch in a movie. In my research Bruce Willis would already be too old to be Kane, so there. Lynch obviously looks like Malkovich, but I'm glad they didn't go with the obvious choice.

I am a fan of Foxx. I want to see Foxx do clinically insane. Not impressions, music persona, comedian, but disturbed.

The man can do anything, and maybe this
I'm not a gamer. I've never played this game. However, since before it ever came out I was interested. The initial idea seemed a lot like something I'd watch in a movie. In my research Bruce Willis would already be too old to be Kane, so there. Lynch obviously looks like Malkovich, but I'm glad they didn't go with the obvious choice.

I am a fan of Foxx. I want to see Foxx do clinically insane. Not impressions, music persona, comedian, but disturbed.

The man can do anything, and maybe this will be the team-up we all wish "Cop Out" was.
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7:35PM on 03/18/2010
Last time I checked Lynch was a white guy. Why screw with the source material? I wonder if they're gonna make him the typical token black character, stereotypes and all. And this is coming from a black guy.
Last time I checked Lynch was a white guy. Why screw with the source material? I wonder if they're gonna make him the typical token black character, stereotypes and all. And this is coming from a black guy.
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7:21PM on 03/18/2010
I like Jamie Foxx as much as the next guy. But that character is supposed to be white. And I say this as a black guy.
I like Jamie Foxx as much as the next guy. But that character is supposed to be white. And I say this as a black guy.
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5:41PM on 03/18/2010
Do not pass Go.

Do not collect $200.

Go directly to video.
Do not pass Go.

Do not collect $200.

Go directly to video.
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5:07PM on 03/18/2010

BILLY FRIGGING THORTON = LYNCH

I pray to God this isn't so because he or Mickey Rourke would be the two guys I could see as Lynch. This isn't "Collateral" people, nor "Miami Vice", this is "Kayne & Lynch."
I pray to God this isn't so because he or Mickey Rourke would be the two guys I could see as Lynch. This isn't "Collateral" people, nor "Miami Vice", this is "Kayne & Lynch."
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4:51PM on 03/18/2010

Hey Idiots!

Being WHITE is NOT an important part of Lynch's character. The guy can be any race. Is Lynch the grand wizard of the Klan? No! He's a crazy, bad ass lunatic, who knows how to kick some ass. What the hell is wrong with you assholes?
Being WHITE is NOT an important part of Lynch's character. The guy can be any race. Is Lynch the grand wizard of the Klan? No! He's a crazy, bad ass lunatic, who knows how to kick some ass. What the hell is wrong with you assholes?
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9:08PM on 03/18/2010
..hell how about we get rid of bruce willis and replace him with eddie murphy... but in stead of them kick ass let make it a comedy about two brothers who are fight over the same girl...and i always hated the title kane and lych let call it "bros before hoes"...no wait thats not kane and lynch is it?...thats another movie entirely but hey i shouldn't say anything or people might think im racist.....and this is why your the asshole sir
..hell how about we get rid of bruce willis and replace him with eddie murphy... but in stead of them kick ass let make it a comedy about two brothers who are fight over the same girl...and i always hated the title kane and lych let call it "bros before hoes"...no wait thats not kane and lynch is it?...thats another movie entirely but hey i shouldn't say anything or people might think im racist.....and this is why your the asshole sir
4:50PM on 03/18/2010
Jamie Foxx in my book = major turn off.
Jamie Foxx in my book = major turn off.
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4:25PM on 03/18/2010

Buh?

Why is Jamie Foxx playing a psychotic, pill-popping, wife-murdering, white, mercenary? Why is Bruce Willis playing a character who is like him minus 20 years with emotional range? Why did they think an average videogame would make a good movie? Why don't we just have Batman 3 starring Chow Yun Fat?...Actually that sounds pretty sweet.
Why is Jamie Foxx playing a psychotic, pill-popping, wife-murdering, white, mercenary? Why is Bruce Willis playing a character who is like him minus 20 years with emotional range? Why did they think an average videogame would make a good movie? Why don't we just have Batman 3 starring Chow Yun Fat?...Actually that sounds pretty sweet.
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4:14PM on 03/18/2010

Ugh - no thanks

Jamie Foxx is such an annoying, conceited asshole. He's turned in a couple really solid performances - and then managed to ruin whatever goodwill felt towards him by being a jerk. Whether it's making lame Biggie jokes on his radio show, interviewing himself on Jay Leno's first show back (and trying to get the crowd to cheer for Leno like a sycophantic clown) or pushing his latest products...the dude simply loves himself a bit too much and I'm finding it hard to take him seriously as an actor as
Jamie Foxx is such an annoying, conceited asshole. He's turned in a couple really solid performances - and then managed to ruin whatever goodwill felt towards him by being a jerk. Whether it's making lame Biggie jokes on his radio show, interviewing himself on Jay Leno's first show back (and trying to get the crowd to cheer for Leno like a sycophantic clown) or pushing his latest products...the dude simply loves himself a bit too much and I'm finding it hard to take him seriously as an actor as a result. It doesn't help that his last good performance was a few years ago and he tries too hard lately to throw in for the Oscar bait (or was The Soloist not just that?).
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3:44PM on 03/18/2010
Clearly not an obvious casting choice, but I think that Willis and Foxx will play really well of eachother.
Clearly not an obvious casting choice, but I think that Willis and Foxx will play really well of eachother.
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3:42PM on 03/18/2010

FUCK IT...

is that so hard to do a great adaption of a video, the 2 main character are WHITE !!!! not a white and a black ! cop out 2 ftw... i don't want to see that movie anymore...
is that so hard to do a great adaption of a video, the 2 main character are WHITE !!!! not a white and a black ! cop out 2 ftw... i don't want to see that movie anymore...
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3:05PM on 03/18/2010

WELL

I'm in unlike SOME people ;) sure Lynch is white blah blah we have all been here before with race change for casting and what not. Foxx is a great actor who I have liked in many movies and Bruce Willis is...god. This could be good OR bad at this point though. It just depends on the script and the director now. Anyway I hope it turns out great!
I'm in unlike SOME people ;) sure Lynch is white blah blah we have all been here before with race change for casting and what not. Foxx is a great actor who I have liked in many movies and Bruce Willis is...god. This could be good OR bad at this point though. It just depends on the script and the director now. Anyway I hope it turns out great!
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3:04PM on 03/18/2010
I like Foxx but he's wrong for this role. Hell my dream casting would have been Bryan Cranston for Lynch and Ty Burrell or Justin Theroux for Kane.

Low key casting, sure, but the look like the characters and really you just hope the story is great.
I like Foxx but he's wrong for this role. Hell my dream casting would have been Bryan Cranston for Lynch and Ty Burrell or Justin Theroux for Kane.

Low key casting, sure, but the look like the characters and really you just hope the story is great.
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3:00PM on 03/18/2010
did the news ever say that he was going to be playing Lynch? If he is that is ridicules, and I'm out! I second Billy Bob, that would be awesome casting!
did the news ever say that he was going to be playing Lynch? If he is that is ridicules, and I'm out! I second Billy Bob, that would be awesome casting!
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2:48PM on 03/18/2010

Lynch is a long-haired white guy.

Why isn't Billy Bob Thorton playing Lynch? I can see this turning out just like Law Abiding Citizen all over again. The only film Foxx has ever been good in is Ray.
Why isn't Billy Bob Thorton playing Lynch? I can see this turning out just like Law Abiding Citizen all over again. The only film Foxx has ever been good in is Ray.
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3:39PM on 03/18/2010
I actually thought he did a damn fine job in Collateral, considering what I thought of him before Collateral and Ray... But nowadays he's not doin too well... Either way though, the man has an Oscar, he can do whatever he wants for a few years before taking on another *big* role
I actually thought he did a damn fine job in Collateral, considering what I thought of him before Collateral and Ray... But nowadays he's not doin too well... Either way though, the man has an Oscar, he can do whatever he wants for a few years before taking on another *big* role
5:31PM on 03/18/2010
honorable Thumbs up mention for Jamie's performances in Ray, Collateral, Jarhead, Dreamgirls and Ali.
honorable Thumbs up mention for Jamie's performances in Ray, Collateral, Jarhead, Dreamgirls and Ali.
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