Actor Jason Momoa has been reportedly tapped to star in the film adaptation of the video game Just Cause. Based off the Avalance Studios developed and Square-Enix (formerly Eidos) published game series of the same name, Momoa will play Rico Rodriguez, who works for an organization simply called “The Agency.” No other plot details are being released about the film right now, though fans of the game series can probably guess its direction.
Momoa is, of course, currently filling the role of Aquaman in the DCEU, appearing in the both the forthcoming Justice League and Aquaman solo films. He’s also, frankly, an alum of more franchises than it’s easy to count, including Game of Thrones, Stargate: Atlantis, and Baywatch. I mean, he was even Conan in that Conan movie no one went to see.
Adapted by writer John Collee, Just Cause will be directed by Brad Peyton. This won’t be the first time Peyton has worked with Momoa, as Momoa starred in Peyton’s Netflix series Frontier. Peyton is expected to begin work on the film after he completes work on the Rampage film adaptation.
Honestly, Just Cause actually has a chance at finally giving us a decent film based off of a video game. The game has the right kind of story to be compressed into an action movie, and seems like it should be easy enough to pull off.
I mean, it doesn’t mean they will pull it off, but it’s got a better shot than that Tetris movie.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we celebrate 50 years of Star Trek, contemplate the possibility of the late Majel Barret-Rodenberry still voicing the computer in future Treks, rejoice in the Build Team’s return to ‘Busting in The White Rabbit Project, discuss Stranger Things and its season 2 renewal, and consider the possible remake of The Crow starring Jason Momoa.
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1994’s The Crow (based off the comic of the same name by James O’Barr) is considered a cult classic by many, and not just because the star Brandon Lee died during the film’s production. Sequels and a short lived television series followed, though none really captured the magic of that first 1994 film.
But this is Hollywood, and that never stopped anyone from trying again.
In fact, they’ve been trying to reboot The Crow franchise since around 2008, and a half dozen different actors have been attached to the project over the last eight years. But after sitting in development hell for so long, it seems like the remake will finally see the light of day.
According to The Wrap, The Crow will go into production in early 2017, with Colin Hardy and none other than Jason Momoa taking over the role of Eric Draven.
Momoa is best known to fans from his work in Game of Thrones, that Conan reboot no one saw, and Stargate: Atlantis. Oh, and he’s that and he’s totally Aquaman in DC’s current film franchise.
This new version of The Crow supposedly will adhere more closely to the source material than the 1994 film, and not just be a direct remake of the Brandon Lee film. Like most remakes and rehashes these days, I’m not sure how much the world needs a new The Crow film, but we’re going to get it whether we want it or not. At least with Momoa in the role, we know a talented actor will be playing the part (even if it means he’s concurrently playing two separate comic book heroes on screen at once).
Via The Wrap
So one of the very few things we like about the Man of Steel sequel Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Secret War of the Rise of the Planet of the Justice is that characters like Wonder Woman and Aquaman will appear (even if in limited fashion). Okay, mostly we’re just excited about Wonder Woman, but putting Jason Momoa up there as Aquaman isn’t anything to shrug at.
While the character isn’t going to play that much of a role in the film, director Zack Snyder has finally tweeted the first official image of Momoa in his Aquaman garb.
And even people who don’t like Aquaman have to admit he looks pretty cool.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out March 25th 2016.