Just when you thought Vegas movies were all about young people living it up à la The Hangover, something comes around the corner to make you think again–say, Morgan Freeman joining Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas for a Grumpy Old Men meets The Hangover comedy, to be directed by Jon Turteltaub (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) from a script by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love). How awesome does that sound?
The mature stars are all set for a plot that sees four baby boomer buddies reuniting for a bachelor party thrown for one of them; a lifelong playboy (Douglas) who’s finally chosen to settle down with a woman half his age.
The script was written by Fogelman and acquired by CBS back in 2008, so it’s been a while getting this project off the ground – but it all sounds worth it. Jack Nicolson has also been offered a role in the movie, but so far is not attached. Maybe that could change? Turtletaub got involved last year.
It’ll be interesting to hear more on Freeman’s character, as details are still a little sketchy, although we can probably assume he’ll be one of the central four. With Douglas as the playboy, and De Niro set to play part-averse widower Paddy, it means there’s just one more part up for grabs. Rumors abound that Christopher Walken has shown interest, but there’s also the possibility of Al Pacino or Michael Caine fitting in just as well.
Although they’ll be playing characters who are “semi-retired”, these actors certainly aren’t anywhere close: Freeman has two films due out this summer — Rob Reiner’s The Magic of Belle Isle and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises — and has just finished filming for Louis Leterrier’s magician heist thriller Now You See Me. He’s now shooting Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion, along with Tom Cruise.
Now that Freeman’s on board, the Last Vegas cast consists of three Oscar winners, with an average age of 69.7 — and we bet you can’t wait to find out the fourth.
Who else do you think should be cast in Las Vegas?