If you recall, several months ago we dropped you a bomb that there was going to be an urban version of Ocean’s Eleven titled Trump Heist with Eddie Murphy in the lead role pulling the heist in Trump Tower with Donald Trump as the villain.
After that we also dropped the story that film transformed from an urban version of Ocean’s Eleven into just a comedy film with the urban idea scrapped as the title role went from Murphy to Ben Stiller and the whole urban cast of a possible cast including Martin Lawrence, Chris Tucker, Chris Rock and more went out the window.
We also reported that the new film titled Tower Heist with Stiller in the lead role was taking form, as Stiller’s role is as a overworked manager of a luxury building who, along with other staff, lost their pensions to a Bernie Madoff-like Wall Street crook. It so happens that the fraudster is being held under house arrest in the luxury penthouse apartment upstairs, and the manager and four cohorts figure a heist will make them whole.
Well, it now looks like Eddie Murphy will be a part of this film after all, but not in the lead role.
The film’s produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, and Kim Roth is executive producer. This heist has among its architects some of Hollywood’s top screenwriters: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Russell Gewirtz, Rawson Thurber, Ted Griffin, Leslie Dixon, Noah Baumbach and Jeff Nathanson, and still directed by Brett Ratner.
No word yet on other cast members or who Murphy will be playing but we will let you know as soon as we can.
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