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Butler Circles Motor City While Liam Lurks Luketic’s Next

March 30, 2012

Gerard Butler is the latest person in talks to star in the male lead role in Albert Hughes‘ “Motor City” reports Variety. Earlier this month–it was reported that Jake Gyllenhaal was tipped to replace Dominic Cooper in the movie–but Jake left over scheduling concerns.

The story follows a small time crook who is framed and sent to jail, only to go after those who put him there after he is released wanting to get back the woman he loves (Amber Heard).

Gary Oldman will play a kingpin in Motor City who has his hooks into the woman.

Chad St. John’s screenplay is unique in that it only has but one line of dialogue and made it on to Hollywood’s Black List back in 2009, the list of the year’s best unproduced scripts.

Joel Silver and Andrew Rona will produce the film.

Shooting hopes to begin this June.

As Butler circles “Motor City”, what is the fate of the diamond heist thriller “Brilliant“?

The Gillian Gorfil‘s script follows a small-time criminal who partners with a female thief to pull off a daring diamond heist.

Casting for the female lead is now underway

Director Robert Luketic, who previously worked with Butler on “The Ugly Truth“, is calling action on the film.

Gorfil, Sidney Kimmel, Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg will produce.

Butler replaced Eric Bana on “Brilliant” a few weeks ago and at the time the film was looking to get going in May. Now with ‘Motor’ reving for a summer start, it looks like “Brilliant” will be pushed back.

Chatting with The Daily Telegraph this week, Luketic couldn’t confirm when or where the film will be shot.

Luketic says “I have two films competing with each other. It’s now a matter of the stars coming into alignment and small miracles being performed.”

 The other film he refers to is an as yet untitled film with The Hunger Games stud Liam Hemsworth.

I can’t really talk about it but we have had a couple of meetings and he has formally come on board. It will be shot in New York and Mumbai.”

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