billy bob thornton cast in faster

Billy Bob Thornton will face off against Dwayne Johnson in the upcoming action thriller Faster, according to Variety. The actor has been cast in the revenge action flick that will be directed by George Tillman, who did the biopic Notorious earlier this year. The last time we saw Billy Bob it was in the blockbuster Eagle Eye, so lets see what his new role has to offer.

Faster will be a welcomed departure from Johnson’s latest family fare, and will have him starring as an ex-con hell bent on avenging his brothers death. In the film he’ll play a character named Driver, while Thornton will star as a veteran cop who trails him as he races to settle with those responsible for his brother’s murder. Also in the mix is Killer, an egocentric hitman who’s after Driver. That role has yet to be cast, but the real question is, who came up with these names?

Faster will be produced by Castle Rock’s Martin Shafer, Liz Glotzer, and Tillman through his State Street Pictures. I’m happy to see Johnson tackle a tougher role, even though his name is ridiculous in this film. Will Thornton’s name simply be “cop?” Now that the two main characters have been cast, I wonder who they have in mind for Killer?

What do you think of Billy Bob Thornton starring in Faster?