Two more for Dillinger's gang in Public Enemies

David Wenham (Faramir in Lord of the Rings, 300, The Proposition) and Stephen Graham (Snatch, This Is England) have signed onto Michael Mann’s crime flick, Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp (as John Dillinger) and Christian Bale (as FBI agent Melvin Purvis). which is based on the book, Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-43, by Bryan Burrough. (Considering Dillinger died in 1934, I’m taking a wild guess and saying it’s only based on a small part of the book.) The two join an already impressive supporting cast, including Marion Cotillard (Oscar-nominated for last year’s La Vie en Rose), Channing Tatum (as Pretty Boy Floyd), Giovanni Ribisi and Stephen Dorff.

Wenham will play Harry “Pete” Pierpont, one of Dillinger’s gang (by some accounts its real leader), with an apparently violent disdain for all authority. Wenham has turned in solid performances in relatively thankless parts in Lord of the Rings (as Faramir) and 300, as well as a small role in The Proposition, one of my favorite films of the past several years.

Graham (pictured) will play Baby Face Nelson, which is absolutely perfect casting in light of his role as Combo in This Is England, one of my favorite films of 2007 (it didn’t make my list because I hadn’t seen it yet).

Public Enemies will begin filming (in Chicago — my town!) from March to May. It will be released sometime in 2009.

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

Posted on February 22, 2008 at 00:29 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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