Reunited after Adventureland, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are already at the top of the cast list for American Ultra. They now look to be gaining some fierce support: Uma Thurman is in talks to join them.
Eisenberg plays "unmotivated stoner" Mike in the action comedy, with Stewart his girlfriend. They live an uneventful life in a small town until it turns out that Mike is actually a Bourne-like amnesiac sleeper agent in a program the government has decided to shut down and wipe out.
Thurman's role - if she takes it - is that of Mike's former handler, who spearheaded the programme and is now determined to protect her charge. According to the synopsis she'll "fight like a momma bear to protect her cub". Sounds like an opportunity to bring some Bride-like toughness to a role not dissimilar to Angelina Jolie's in Wanted.
Stoner action comedies can be hit and miss: sometimes you get a Pineapple Express and sometimes you get a Dude, Where's My Car?. The pedigree of this one is looking promising, however, with that cast backed up by a screenplay from Max Landis (Chronicle).
On the other hand, the director is Nima Nourizadeh, whose last film was Project X. But even that objectionable nonsense had a decent sense of violent escalation to it, so hopefully an action film with a witty script will prove a great fit for him.
Producer Anthony Bregman promises that, “American Ultra will be the most fun you can possibly have in a movie theater without the use of drugs, fireworks, or canola oil". Shooting starts on April 14.