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Vince Vaughn to star in the China-set thriller The Risk Agent

07.25.2012

Vince Vaughn will be attempting a return to serious filmmaking with an adaptation of Ridley Pearson's novel THE RISK AGENT.

Vaughn's Wild West Picture Show Productions bought the rights to the novel and are aiming for Vaughn to star. This would definitely be outside of his wheelhouse seeing as I cannot recall him ever starring in an international espionage movie. The novel is also set in China which will make this movie a highly marketable film globally.

Plot: A Chinese National working for an American-owned construction company is grabbed off the streets of Shanghai in broad daylight. His one-man security detail goes missing as well. Rutherford Risk is a firm specializing in extraction: the negotiation for, and the recovery of hostages. Private investigation is illegal in today's China. Operating within her borders will be difficult at best. The security company recruits two unique outsiders to do their bidding. Grace Chu is a forensic accountant hired to follow the money; John Knox is a civilian with unparalleled training in both combat and culture. Grace’s top-notch American education and Chinese military service make her an unassuming, but effective, operative, while Knox’s take-no-prisoners attitude brings them perilously close to harm. Following the money leads to more complex – and dangerous – consequences than either anticipated. Who is actually behind the kidnapping? And more important, can Knox and Grace locate the two hostages ahead of the deadline?

I would assume Vaughn would take the lead role of John Knox. No word on who would play Grace. My vote is Carla Gugino, but I always vote for her in every role. There is no director set but the screenplay will be writer by Michael Lerner.

What do you think of Vince Vaughn taking on a dramatic/action role like this?

Source: Deadline

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