Supposedly, Ryan Kavanaugh (who produced the film via his Relativity Media shingle) is taking over the North American release of the film via his newly purchased distribution company Overture.
Even though the movie is switching proverbial hands, The Playlist is saying we should start seeing some marketing material for the film soon, so be on the lookout for Haywire one sheets by designer Neil Kellerhouse, who also recently created posters for ‘The Girlfriend Experience‘ and ‘The Social Network‘.
Rumor has it that the director, Steven Soderbergh (‘Erin Brockovich‘, ‘Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve‘, ‘Ocean’s Thirteen‘), is also planning to put six minutes of the film on YouTube where the movie’s star (mixed martial-artist champion Gina Carano) will supposedly “destroy” one of her male co-stars. Ironically, I’ve read that Chan may have a pretty big fight with her in the film, so it would be cool if the early footage features him!
For those who don’t know, ‘Haywire‘ is about a black ops spy (Carano) who’s betrayed by her team and goes rogue in an attempt to figure out who’s setting her up. While everyone is on the same side initially, the film supposedly features a lot of duplicity, double crosses, and reversals of allegiances.
Chan (who filmed his role in Barcelona, Spain and New Mexico this past February and March) will play one of the elite specialists on Carano’s team. His character is a military gearhead-type who’s sent to try and bring her back in once she’s been double-crossed.
The incredible supporting cast also includes Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Angarano, and Mathieu Kassovitz. Fassbender reportedly plays an untrustworthy teammate, while Douglas ultimately proves to be an ally. McGregor, the owner of the Blackwater-type special ops team (and once a romantic interest to Carano), is instrumental in trying to make her character, Mallory Kane, take the fall for an incident that goes wrong and involves a murder.
The first quarter of 2011 is going to be quite busy for Chan, because he’ll potentially have three different movies in theaters…the Vince Vaughn/Kevin James comedy ‘The Dilemma‘ (January 14, 2011) and his Roman drama ‘The Eagle‘ (February 25, 2011), in addition to the afore-mentioned ‘Haywire‘ (March or April 2011).
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