Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save up to 63%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
First Trailer For Concussion
Will Smith investigates American Football head injuries
Wes Craven 1939-2015
Horror maestro dies aged 76
Matt Damon Talks Bourne 5
''It’s Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe...''
Goosebumps Scares Up A New Trailer
Jack Black battles a beginning, a middle and a twist
New Trailer For Nicolas Cage's Pay The Ghost
Hush - here comes another boogieman
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
27 August 2015
Jeremy Renner Reveals New Captain America: Civil War Concept Art
Pick a side!
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
The Equalizer (2014)
Empire Star Rating
2 Guns (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Flight (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Safe House (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Cheadle To Play Lucas
That's Frank, not George

31 May 2005  |  Written by   

submit to reddit

There's a few changes going on with American Gangster over at Universal studios. First of all, there's a director attached – Terry George, the man who recently brought us Hotel Rwanda. Second, it looks like Denzel Washington – once mooted to star, is no longer a cert for the role, as Terry is looking to re-team with Don Cheadle.

The role in question is that of Frank Lucas, a Harlem based heroin importer whose heyday was the 1970's. After he was brought down, he helped close all of the legal loopholes and blew the whistle on various levels of corruption that had enabled him to operate - sort of an inverse Serpico, if you like. Nothing is finalised yet, though, and apparently no offers will be made until the studio and producer Brian Grazer are happy with the draft.

The screenplay was penned by Steve Zaillian, but Universal balked at the budget, and have hired George for a more modestly priced rewrite. Let's hope this doesn't mean cutting back on purple velvet cloaks and peacock feathers – oh, hang on; he was a dealer, not a pimp (although we've heard no evidence to suggest he couldn't have been both). Well, as long as Terry can slip the phrase "bitch slap upside the head" into the dialogue somewhere, we'll be happy.

There's been no indication yet as to when Universal want to release American Gangster, but if things progress smoothly, a modestly budgeted film could be completed and in theatres by the end of the year – right in time for next year's Oscar race.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

World Exclusive: The New Wall-E Trailer
This kicks shiny metal butt!
Sith Still No. 1 In The States
It fights off Madagascar and The Longest Yard


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
My Movie Life: Andrew Haigh
The 45 Years director on the movies that made him

Vanity Projects: The Musical Edition
A dozen more hits and misses from the rock and pop world

Inside The Martian: Empire Meets NASA
Prepare to science the shit out of it...

Deadpool: A Complete History
Empire's guide to The Merc With A Mouth, in comics and on screen

Evil Media: Haunted TVs, Tapes And Tunes
Ten sinister reasons to go off-grid

Spectre – Everything You Need To Know
Empire's essential briefing on James Bond's 24th outing

The N.W.A-Team
Empire visits the set of Straight Outta Compton

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)