Pacino replacing De Niro in cop film
The swapping of Robert De Niro for Al Pacino would once have made a huge story, now it's not so exciting, after all the actors are not what they once were.
Especially since the film in question is one about a cop. However there's a tinge of something different here, and there's the chance for some raw acting and strong script to come through rather than some of the projects we've seen both actors on in these last years.
The thriller called Son of No One tells the story of a policeman who is assigned to the neighbourhood where he grew up. While he's there an old secret, obviously we're not being told what that secret is, surfaces and threatens to destroy his life and his family.
That's the blurb according to the announcement in The Hollywood Reporter, and it sounds rather interesting, a lot more interesting than some of the films that both Al Pacino and Robert De Niro have been coming out with, but I wonder if the swap from De Niro to Pacino will change the tone of the film? Actually I know it will.
The Pacino film will be more focused on his character and performance, whereas the De Niro may have been more low key and gritty. Still, there's a chance that Pacino could come out with something akin to his older performances, and that would be a truly great thing to see.
Channing Tatum is actually playing the policeman who returns to his neighbourhood, that isn't the role for Pacino, and Terrence Howard, Ray Liotta and Katie Holmes are said to be in discussions for roles.
I think it's fair to guess now that Pacino will be playing the protagonist, and perhaps not taking the leading role so much.
What do you think? I'm starting to feel that there might be something in this.