We should have known the cast for Steven Soderbergh‘s Knockout was too good to be true. According to The Playlist, Bill Paxton has just signed on to star in the film, which would be fine and dandy if it wasn’t for the fact that he’s replacing Dennis Quaid. A few weeks ago Quaid’s casting was announced with a whole slew of actors including Michael Douglas and Ewan McGregor, but his stint on Knockout has ended before it even began.
A source close to the Knockout camp revealed that Quaid left the project due to scheduling conflicts with another film he’s working on called Soul Surfer. It’s a biopic about the teen girl who got her arm bitten off by a shark back in 2003. The story took the nation by storm, and has apparently caught the eye of Quaid, enough so that he’s ditching Soderbergh’s film. In his place, “Big Love” star Bill Paxton will take over, and hopefully give a performance that’s not sleep inducing.
Also joining the cast is French actor, Mathieu Kassovitz but his role is unknown. The story of Knockout centers on a woman raised in the military, who left to work for a Blackwater-esque company to make better money but is betrayed by one of her teammates. There’s nothing obscenely bad about Paxton joining this film, it’s just that his acting is very hit or miss. He’s one of those actors who have a very stoic delivery, and at least we could have gotten some emotion out of Quaid.
What do you think about Paxton replacing Dennis Quaid in Knockout?