Vincenzo Natali's NEUROMANCER Offers Parts To Mark Wahlberg And Liam Neeson

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Vincenzo Natali's NEUROMANCER Offers Parts To Mark Wahlberg And Liam Neeson
If you want tall, intense and bad-ass, the recent chapter of Liam Neeson's career suggests that he is your man.  This is exactly what the Vincenzo Natali directed and Lorenzo di Bonaventura produced adaptation of William Gibson's seminal cyberpunk novel, Neuromancer, is looking for to play Armitage, the shadowy ex-military man who hires a hacker to jack into the worlds first sentient Artificial Intelligent security system.  It appears that Mark Wahlberg has been also been offered the role of "console cowboy" Henry Case.  

Currently, there is no word on who will be considered to play Molly Millions. (A word of advice to casting agents:  consider going exotic and international with the either the talented Carolina Bang or Synnøve Macody Lund.)

According to Movie Hole, there is no firm start date for shooting yet but it is believed the film will get underway once director Nalati completes work on his latest flick, Haunter, with a tentative release somewhere around 2014.
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MikeJuly 31, 2012 2:38 PM

I could see Neeson doing a good job as Armitage, but Wahlberg as Case? Really?

DraculaDillengerJuly 31, 2012 2:49 PM

Neeson is great for Armitage--that's bordering on brilliant casting. Case, however, cannot be played by Wahlberg. Case needs to be reedy, underfed, sickly--and younger. I'm not certain if it's ever explicitly stated, but Case certainly isn't pushing fourty. Yikes, this puts me on edge about the whole project; scenes from Babylon A.D. play in my head...

Kurt HalfyardJuly 31, 2012 2:50 PM

In my experience, Walhberg has always been an actor full of surprises. (See I Heart Huckabees and The Happening, yes, The Happening...)

Todd BrownJuly 31, 2012 2:58 PM

Case is mid-twenties in the book.

Kurt HalfyardJuly 31, 2012 3:00 PM

I'm actually down to see a world-weary Walhberg in the role. I always pictured CASE (and MOLLY) as being in their 30s in the books.

hiroaki.jJuly 31, 2012 5:57 PM

David O. Russell uses him well, but I don't think for a moment I ever bought him as a biology teacher in The Happening.

He's a touch older than the character, but I think Michael Pitt could do it justice.

Kurt HalfyardJuly 31, 2012 8:10 PM

Whoa! Michael Pitt would indeed be awesome!

So, I suppose, would Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Chris Evans or really uncoventionally, Sean Harris.

chintai80July 31, 2012 9:29 PM

i can imagine ben foster playing case.
or an actor that can play young, lean, and twitchy.
case was on drugs throughout most of the story.

krakarAugust 1, 2012 2:47 AM

No Marky Mark please! Not for lead actor, certainly not for something edgy like this. Could be worse than Babylon A.D. indeed. I imagine somebody charismatic like Ben Whishaw for the role, and I really hope they dont fuck it up just to get the wrong any old "recognised" actor in the lead. At least get somebody more versatile like Ryan Gosling.

hiroaki.jAugust 1, 2012 8:42 AM

JGL is always a solid pick. I'd throw Ezra Miller in there as a possibility too.

I think sadly only Evans or JGL have enough "star power" to convince a studio to even greenlight the movie however. :(