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Tim Allen in Mamet's Redbelt

ChiwetelEjiofor.jpgPreviously we heard that David Mamet's underground fight film Redbelt had cast only Chiwetel Ejiofor, well now there's news of a number of additions, and one of the leads is to be Tim Allen.

Now that is a surprise. Not only does it mark a huge step away from the standard family comedies that we see him in, but it's also the part of an action star, presumably we might see him actually involved in some action. Even if we don't this is an interesting point in his career as he looks to more serious acting roles, something I think he could do very well given a chance, and this is it.

Meanwhile Variety reports that other names have been attached:

Emily Mortimer, Alice Braga, Joe Mantegna, Rodrigo Santoro, Ricky Jay, David Paymer, Rebecca Pidgeon and Jose Pablo Cantillo will star, along with martial artists and fighters Randy Couture, John Machado, Danny Inosanto, Enson Inoue and Ray Mancini.

They go onto say that Chiwetel Ejiofor, the British actor who plays the lead, has been training with the Gracie family, a renowed Brazilian fighting clan. He was quite a fit man anyway, so he should dominate this role.

I'm really interested in this film from David Mamet, Redbelt tells the story of a...

...Jiu-Jitsu master who has given up on the fighting to run a self defense training school. He is conned by a collection of movie stars and fight promoters and he must enter the ring as a fighter to regain his honour and his title.

The cast list looks good, particularly with Tim Allen going straight, and with Mamet at the helm and Ejiofor leading, I think this could be a superb film to watch out for.



I'm a bit confused by the inclusion of Tim Allen. He hasn't really shown any potential as a good "straight" actor and I'm not convinced he has it in him.

With Ejiofor on board, I'm definitely awaiting this but Allen is a head scratcher.


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