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Maggie Gyllenhaal Set To Come Aboard WHITE HOUSE DOWN
As cast takes shape, nation braces for spate of implausible action fluff.
There’s been a lot of buzz going around about White House Down, most of which I would consider to be the bad strain of buzz. The first thing I ever heard about the picture was that the script was among the most expensive scripts ever sold to a studio. That’s bad buzz. A tidbit like that is a natural precursor to commercial failure on a massive and humiliating scale. The last time I remember this much noise about a fucking transaction for a screenplay, it was in the thunder emanating from the hype cloud that formed around The Last Action Hero, which is still visible hanging over Tustin, California on cooler days.
The other thing I find bothersome is all the chatter I hear lately about White House Down signaling a renaissance of the old Die Hard-type action flicks. Seriously? Nobody’s looking for that, even if they think they are. Not even the Die Hard franchise is looking to return to the style of Die Hard. Just like nobody is looking for a return to the Sunset Strip hair metal of the same era.
But we’ll soldier on, because there are going to be guns and such. What we know so far is that Channing Tatum will, in 100% predictable fashion, play the Secret Service agent who will protect President Jamie Foxx and the free world from the scourge of international terrorism even as it roams the very halls of Our Nation’s Capitol. Apparently these are terrorists who don’t know that the surest way to bring the American government to its knees is just to leave it to its own devices, but that’s talk for another day.
As for the latest in regards to the project, it appears that Maggie Gyllenhaal, last seen by me in The Dark Knight, is currently in talks to play the unspecified female lead in the film, according to Deadline. With shooting not slated to begin for at least another two months, there are not yet details about the nature of the role.
Whatever it all means for the state of filmmaking in the 21st Century, you know that the Complex will continue to cover White House Down as it marches into production. Stay tuned.