Things are moving along on the James Mangold(Walk The Line) directed, soon to be renamed, spy flick Wichita. The film's casting marks a couple of on screen reunions.
Already in place is Cameron Diaz, starring as as upbeat Midwestern woman who goes on a blind date with a man who turns out to be a federal agent. Reuniting with his Vanilla Sky co-star is Tom Cruise, as the federal agent who pops in and out of her life, pulling her into a violent worldwide journey to protect a powerful battery that holds the key to an infinite power source.
Blucas and Grace
Now reports are coming in that Marc Blucas(Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Series), has been brought on to play Diaz's firefighter ex-boyfriend who still carries feelings for her. Blucas joins his Jane Austen Book Club co-star Maggie Grace(Lost), who is tapped to play Diaz's sister and a soon-to-be bride.
Wichita is scheduled to begin filming in Boston on September 15th. Meanwhile, LoadedGun reports, crews are busy planning and preparing for an elaborate crash scene where a commercial 727 airliner skids into a cornfield when the pilot is killed in some type of conflict.
Steve Cannaby, who's working on some high-tech gadgetry for the scene explains:
They’re doing a action scene in a ... 727 cockpit. There’s some sort of a, like, shoot-out or something that’s supposed to happen in the cockpit.
The movie takes place in Wichita, and the crash will take place in a fictional Indiana locale. /Film also reports that a big chase scene will take place on the Charles River where it winds between Boston and Cambridge.
The plot details are a little scattered and a bit bizarre, "protect a powerful battery." The cast is shaping up nicely, though Diaz can be pretty hit and miss... and then miss. Say what you will about Cruise's personal life, the guy can hold his own on screen. Most of my faith lies in Mangold though. I thought Walk The Line was great, and 3:10 to Yuma was astonishing! If he can inject some of that tension into this new spy flick, count me in. Just don't let Diaz blurt out the ending of the film at a convention Panel.
So what do you think of Wichita(or whatever it's gonna be called) so far?