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Gerard Butler in Talks for 'Hunter Killer' Lead Role

Gerard Butler in Talks for 'Hunter Killer' Lead Role

Gerard Butler arrives on the set of his new movie, Of Men and Mavericks, on Thursday (October 13) in Santa Cruz, Calif.

The 41-year-old Scottish actor is reportedly in negotiations to star in Hunter Killer, which is based on the novel “Firing Point.”

The “story follows an untested submarine captain who must work with a Navy SEAL team to rescue Russia’s president, who’s taken prisoner during a military coup. The two sides team to stop a rogue Russian general from igniting World War III,” according to Variety.

Gerard would play Capt. Joe Glass, the commander of the USS Toledo, while Sam Worthington is being considered to play the leader of a special unit called the Dev Group.

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  • she

    sounds interesting

  • Joie de Vivre

    Handsome is as handsome does! Wanna see a really good movie? Check out Machine Gun Preacher! Butler’s acting is top notch in the biopic about Sam Childers.

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    How exciting! Sounds interesing too. Working with Worthington?! That’s terrific, for both. Sam was terrific in The Debt this year.
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    Love the satchel! If only it could talk! It knows stuff. LOL
    ~K

  • Can’tGetEnough

    Delightful as always! Love Sam Worthington too!!

  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    He is back to being both healthy and handsome as ever. His looks are always changing but he is in a good place with his body size, just perfect. He is so lucky to have such a beautiful head of hair. Good to see some nice pics of him.

  • Just woke up?

    He always looks like he just got up,after sleeping in the gutter.
    Nothing special here, just some pics of an aging second rate actor.

  • Pat

    @lolita:

    Lookin’ good, Gerry! Not many men look good in a wetsuit as you do in this surfing movie. Also, this new project sounds really interesting and thrilling. Right up Gerry’s alley. He was wonderful in Machine Gun Preacher. Too bad it’s not more widely released. Some of us have had to travel 2 1/2 hours to see it. It was worth it, though.

  • http://loveisthewateroflife8306.blogspot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    His can be out of his clothes as fast as he got into them look is him.
    ~K

  • Truth

    Butler has that “IT” factor. Whatever “IT” is he definitely has it. He is total package!

  • LOL
  • kelly

    somebody looks great in jeans i would prefer him out of them love the hair and the beard looks very nice, gerry is IT !!!!

  • http://loveisthewateroflife8306.blogspot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    No, Gerry’s “phannies” at GALS… get it straight.
    ~K

  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    @Pat: Glad to know you got to see MGP and that you enjoyed it. I don’t know if it will come to my area. It is sad that it is not promoted better. The new movie rumor sounds very good, I hope he gets the part. He really is quite the looker in a uniform.

  • Sammy

    Is JJ rehashing this piece of news or is there some real substance to this rumor (any new development)? Also what’s happened to the Bricklayer project? He certainly looks the part.

  • Autumn

    Love that old leather messenger bag – I ran into him in NYC at Starbucks with that bag – should have asked where he got it because it’s the perfect sized carryall. ALSO – he looks fabulous! And yes he was a gentlemen and a very nice flirt. Some celebs aren’t – quite sad really.

  • curious cat

    I hate to see him becoming so Americanized. A U.S. submarine captain? Oh, dear.

  • legends

    An actor with long, long legs . . . very rare and just, yummmmmm.

  • Oh dear

     Sounds like a pretty good box office vehicle for Butler, especially if he teams up with Worthington.  With a decent director could be a good action film or at least get good box office return- tapping into the lucrative frat boy/man-child middle aged men market/ women who like looking at beefcake in motion market.

    Just saw the Constant Gardener  starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weiz, on TV.  Great film, in my opinion.  Beautifully shot and brilliantly  edited. Like MGP- It flips flops from between an  African country and  a Western country country.  The soundtrack was amazing – should check out a song called Kothbiro  by Ayub Ogada – omg it’s so beautiful and haunting.

    Couldn’t help thinking if Machine Gun Preacher went down a similar road in regards to the cinematography, editing and soundtrack it would have been a far superior film. Just a thought

  • bystander

    Wow. The best he’s looked, casually dressed, for some time. Love the faded denim/tan leather. Is it my imagination, or has his dress sense improved recently? It couldn’t have got worse than some of his tasteless 3/4 shorts and black trainer combos, although I thought the red trackies and cycle helmet was a low point. Do I sense a woman’s influence?
    I would say 1/2 stone improvement in the last month. What a difference it makes.

  • bystander

    Silly me.he’s in costume! Just noticed the wedding ring and face looks made up. Doh!

  • bystander

    Silly me. He’s in costume. Just noticed the wedding ring and face looks made up. Doh!

  • Me2

    I’m happy 4 him….. wish him the best of luck on future projects !!

  • cubfan34

    MGP is dropping 50 theaters this weekend – down to 43.

  • http://loveisthewateroflife8306.blogspot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    @Sammy:
    @Sammy, The Bricklayer is going to be terrific. I’m a few pages from the end and it move so quickly.
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    I’ve taken my time reading it to simply savor it. Steve Vail’s one-liners are so funny. He is so Gerry. He’s smart, dislikes authority and doesn’t work well with others. And yes their is a message. Vail is totally cool.
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    If this gets made, I can see it getting a sequel. I’m very excited by it. It’s a mystery. Very well done.
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    I’m excited to see him team up with Sam. Sam was excellent in The Debt. I can see him, well both of the, in these tense roles.
    ~K

  • http://loveisthewateroflife8306.blogspot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    What’s so wrong with saying his comphy and sloppy look is him? He does have that could be out of his clothes as fast as he gets in them look. I love it. I’ve said this for years, so what’s the big deal? It’s a sexy without trying touchable approachable regular guy look that is, well, him! Or at least I think so. And if I think it, then it’s true.
    ~K

  • Appilonia G. MontiNegro

    @Pat: Yes Lolita I agree with you…lol. Some people could drive 2 hours to see MGP, but I would have to fly some place, lol, I heard it was susposed to show up here on Nov.18th. I will be the first in line, lol, Just think these new pic of Gerry are great! Gerry looks happy at last, and it looks like he has filled out a little, YEAPPY, LOL, Ok, I will behave, lol….I see a new project is in the works for Gerry, sounds great, and working with Sam Worthington. The Bricklayer Project was put on hold because of the death of the writer or producer, don’t quote me on that. Anyway I have a list of Gerrys movies to see, MGP, MOVIE 23, PLAYING THE FIELD, MEN OF MAVERICKS, and what ever else Gerry decides to work on I will see. lol…Just enjoy him on the screen and off. Gerry is the most handsome man, WHAT A STUD MUFFIN, LOL. I will be singing that song, “All I Want For Christmas” lol, GERRY JUICE, in my stocking, lol, lol, He is a tall drink of water, lol,,,Just appreciate what he does and how he does it, lol. Appilonia G. MontiNegro

  • SmackDatB

    So is he growing his hair out for Game of Thrones?

  • http://loveisthewateroflife8306.blogspot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    Dear permanently disgruntled lurker,
    -
    This is for you: Have a great day! :o) (big hug)
    ~K

  • http://1111wheresgerrypartone303.blogspot.com/spot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    @SmackDatB:
    Think it’s so he looks like Frosty. That’s just my opinion.
    ~K

  • http://1111wheresgerrypartone303.blogspot.com/spot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    Think he is growing it out to look like Frosty.
    ~K

  • Can’tGetEnough

    @GerrysFascinatingWoman: It also worked well for his role in Playing the Field! I think one of the GALS or WO ladies asked him about his hair when he was in Italy. She told him that she liked it and he shouldn’t cut it and he agreed. Perhaps he’ll keep it this way for awhile, unless another role requires it to be shorter. I personally like the look. To some he may look sloppy, to me—-sexy!

  • Appilonia G. MontiNegro

    @Autumn: Autumn, I am glad you met Gerry and that you said he is really nice, I ALWAYS THOUGHT SO, LOL..I have always felt that Gerry was the most approachable actor out there. And YES WHAT A FLIRT. LOL….And a take me to the moon smile, lol,.lol Hey, F.Y.I. on the bag, Gerry got it off a Movie set years ago. He got attached to it, or it attached itself to him, lol. Gerry sure is all that! you know he looks more wonderful by the day, lol. Appilonia G. MontiNegro

  • fric & frac

    Gerry’s all that and more…

    woot woot ;)

  • http://1111wheresgerrypartone303.blogspot.com/spot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    @Can’tGetEnough:
    I agree. He gives all his roles his all diving into them with relish. Sad that MGP is moving away but the good news is it is still in a few theaters in my area! Think that’s a big deal.
    ~K
    feeling generous enough to share her fan fiction with the world of Gerry fans throughout the, well, world because this place is read by The World

  • http://1111wheresgerrypartone303.blogspot.com/spot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    @Can’tGetEnough:
    I agree. He gives all his roles his all diving into them with relish. Sad that MGP is moving away but the good news is it is still in a few theaters in my area! Think that’s a big deal.
    ~K
    feeling generous enough to share her fan fiction with the world of Gerry fans throughout the, well, world because this place is read by The World who needs to switch her desktop out to his comfy look (sigh)

  • http://1111wheresgerrypartone303.blogspot.com/spot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    Think Lainey reads here? Seriously, unless she went to GALS, which is a possibility, but only God knows why. But to put out a gossip piece on it?
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    Just do not like being clumped in a group by anyone in The Business, least of all her.
    -
    On the upside, as their is always one, if her using it helps, then terrific!
    ~K

  • http://1111wheresgerrypartone303.blogspot.com/spot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    JJ is quirky today. Could be all the graphics to promote Footloose? Anyways, anyone who seriously studies any kind of art will occasionally be accused of seeing things that aren’t there. I usually hear it dismissed as, “It’s just a movie!”
    -
    But I stand by the things I find; a film, or work of art, is a universe constructed more diligently than the world we live in, by a creator who we know wanted specific shots, props, colors.
    ~K
    who put this here to honor everyone involved in Machine Gun Preacher, a labor of love, but also a work of art
    -
    PS, Also hope Gerry isn’t claustrophobic! Maybe scenes will be shot in a studio?

  • Me2

    @Can’tGetEnough: I agree with you on this. I really like his hair long , not that I didn’t like it short , but, the longer hair rocks !!

  • Hollywood Gossiper

    Who’d have thunk it the day when Americans are rescuing the Russian president…….so is this Relativity’s way to make up for the poor promotion of MGP? He needs a good commercial action film in the repertoire. Worthington and Butler the new and the old manly man guard? Now this I can say with confidence, Butler can act circles ’round Worthington.

    Good to see Gerry has put back on some weight including some muscle and is looking less gaunt. No one was buying that his gauntness was for this role.

  • Appilonia G. MontiNegro

    @Truth: Yep, you said it and I agree that Gerry is all that and more. Oh,Truth did you notice the board is almost all blue monikers and all the thumbs down, someone at JJ must not have had their Coffee, lol Appi

  • Hollywood Gossiper

    @Truth: Simon Cowell calls it The X Factor LOL.

    Gerry is clearly dressed as his character though it won’t be much different than his usual casual. Frosty was not running around in Gucci.

  • http://1111wheresgerrypartone303.blogspot.com/spot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    @Hollywood Gossiper:
    While I don’t quite understand what you mean by Relativity making up for something, I do agree Gerry needs a good commercial hit.
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    Coriolanus could be his next high spot, acting wise. He’s in some really good films right now. And now is all that matters.
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    Think The Bricklayer would be that. It’s got it all. It’s smart, witty, a bit of romance and sexual tension, and the book has the script in it. Tons of action but nothing like 300. His Borne Identity if cards are played right.
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    Also want to say they are vastly different actors, which is why Sam was selected (calm, cool, subtly defiant maybe) to Gerry’s larger-than-life persona.
    ~K

  • Hollywood Gossiper

    @SmackDatB: Alas Gerry is not going to appear on the series Game of Thrones, someone put it on IMDB when it was not true, just wishful thinking . The role he was touted to play, Stannis Baratheon, has been filled by Stephen Dillane and most GOT fans think Dillane is a good casting. Gerry would have been more suited to the Sean Bean character who is now killed off.

  • Hollywood Gossiper

    @SmackDatB: Alas Gerry is not going to appear on the series Game of Thrones, someone put it on IMDB when it was not true, just wishful thinking . The role he was touted to play, Stannis Baratheon, has been filled by Stephen Dillane and most GOT fans think Dillane is a good casting. Gerry would have been more suited to the Sean Bean character who is now killed off.

  • http://1111wheresgerrypartone303.blogspot.com/spot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    He wanted it. I mean I think he wanted it. Think he relates to that time era. He loved that story too. He’s a man who seems to live in the here and now, but can easily slip into the Middle Ages or older times.
    ~K

  • Sammy

    Does this Hunter Killer has a B-graded actioner ring to it? I hope it’s not going to be similar to another Jason Stratham (sp?) actioner like Killer Elite which did really poorly at BO.

    IF it is released in December 2012 as was reported, then we will have three Gerard movies to see next year. Yay.

    Sam Worthington is a small guy whileas Gerard is prob. 5 inches taller than him. The camera can play optic trick on the audience to minimize this. They can help each other out in carrying the movie and add more star power to it. Now what accent they will use? Scottish/ Aussie or American? It would be difficult to pass security clearance for foreigners to take on the submarine captain and navy seal commander positions wouldn’t it so it is more likely they will use American accent. They both are pretty darn good at it.

  • curious cat

    I still don’t like the new movie title, don’t know what they think it solves. I thought “Mavericks” was straightforward, simple and grabby. If the new title is supposed to make it sound less like a cowboy movie or the old Maverick TV show it doesn’t work IMO. After all, a maverick defined, other than its original meaning of an unbranded or orphaned calf, is an independent cuss who doesn’t follow rules. Which applies both to Jay Moriarty and the seemingly unconquerable surf break.
    To me the extra three short words are superfluous.
    How long does filming go on? Anyone know? It must be getting a little cold in Santa Cruz. I love that area, considered moving there at one time. UC Santa Cruz is the most incredible campus, like going to college in a national forest. And the beach is historic, however honky tonk and funky. If I had the time, it would be tempting to go there to see the fun and do some general sight seeing.

  • http://1111wheresgerrypartone303.blogspot.com/spot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    @curious cat:
    I hope Of Men & Mavericks is a ‘working title’.
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    Seems to me today’s shortened text-speaking generation (that includes many Boomers, Gen Y, even the Greatest Generation, etc) it (the title) should be as short as possible.
    ~K
    who thinks we’ll be hearing “dude” “bummer” “Rad” and other sufer-guy lingo a lot from Gerry as Frosty! LOL

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    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

  • http://1111wheresgerrypartone303.blogspot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    Fixed the first story website link! Eek, sorry. Saw traffic then it ceased! Gerry’s all yours there. (blushes)
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    Agree, Killer Elite was crazy even if based on a true story. Too whacky intense. AND no one gets more than a scratch. So unrealistic. Think that’s why it isn’t doing so well. But it was cool to see DeNiro back again.
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    Key word here is, “untested submarine captain” which is a cause for pause somewhat. Wonder what that means?
    ~K