Helen Mirren Says She's On For Red 2 Next Year

I can imagine that rounding up ensemble casts for the sequel to a sleeper hit* is a tricky, and expensive business. As Red 2 comes together, Summit will be having hijinks, working out new deals with several stars of the first film, their busy schedules and sharp agents.

It would be inconceivable that they’d proceed without Bruce Willis but, equally essential in my mind, would be Mary Louise Parker and Helen Mirren.

On Mirren’s part, the actress appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show last night and expressed her comittment to the role, saying:

We’re doing Red 2 next year.

To the point. But contractually binding? Of course not. Still, it’s the first proper indication I’ve seen of her involvement in the film.

Robert Schwentke, director of part one, is currently shooting R.I.P.D. It’s been assumed that he’ll still be busy with that when Red 2 gets going, but beyong some wish-list mumblings (Breck Eisner, for example) there’s not been any indication of who might direct in Schwentke’s stead.

This new film will have an entirely original storyline, drawn up by Jon and Erich Hoeber, who adapted Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner’s comic for the first picture. I expect they’ll have had some kind of conversation with Ellis, at least at the spitballing stage, though how involved he’d actually want to be is another question altogether.

*Well, ish. It certainly wasn’t a tentpole.

unnamed (1)

Denver Comic Con '15: What Would The Doctor Read? And What Do Teenage Girls Want To Read?

Everything is Awesome 3

Denver Comic Con ’15: Everything Is Awesome! In Postmodern Movies

IMG_3686

Denver Comic Con ’15:  Can You Get Fred Van Lente To Sing?

Swag! Denver Comic Con Edition - All The Art

unnamed-2

Miss Nina Teams Up With Four High Profile Comics Creators For Her Third Album's Kickstarter

IMG_0063

Denver Comic Con '15: Movie Cars Gone Wild

unnamed

Calling All Sixth Gun Fans! An RPG Is Headed Your Way

tumblr_nopwj3fnT41u4geubo5_540

Are You Cosplaying As A Character Kieron Gillen Has Written At Denver Comic Con? Come By...

IMG_0103

Denver Comic Con '15: Cosplay Day One Stars DinoJesus, KidRubix, Grootopia And More

IMG_0015

Once Upon A Time Withdrawal And Some News Of A New Book