Actor Ryan Phillippe has worked with some acclaimed directors in his time, so it may be no surprise to learn that the star is making the leap into directing himself, following in the footsteps of the likes fellow actors-turned-directors such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, with new indie thriller, Shreveport.
Phillippe has previously worked with the likes of Ridley Scott, Christopher McQuarrie and Clint Eastwood, and is now set to make his directorial debut. It’s a movie set in the Louisiana town of the same name, and impressively, Phillippe will also co-write, produce and star in the movie, so we’ll definitely get a good look at what he’s about when the film is finally released. Who’s curious so far?
Apparently, the film’s plot revolves around Phillippe, who plays a fading actor who is kidnapped, held hostage, and tortured while shooting a low-budget movie in Louisiana. So far, so good. But take note, it’s being financed and produced by Twisted Pictures, the production company responsible for the SAW franchise – which is an indication of just how graphic and torturous elements of this film could be. And, we’re yet to discover exactly how twisted Phillippe is – could be interesting.
Phillippe could also end up playing a version of himself, giving the whole project an entirely different feel as well. And with his new fan base thanks to his work in the cult classic MacGruber, he should at least get quite a bit of attention for this latest new movie. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how he handles himself behind the camera.
Which film are you most looking forward to? Do you think Phillippe will fair well as a director?