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Gerard Butler Set to Star in 'Thunder Run'

Gerard Butler Set to Star in 'Thunder Run'

Gerard Butler is teaming up with Matthew McConaughey and Sam Worthington for the upcoming film Thunder Run.

The all CG 3D action thriller “aims to recount the capture of Baghdad by American forces at the start of the Iraq War in 2003. The three-day assault was referred as a ‘lightning strike’ or thunder run,’” according to THR.

The mag adds that producers hope to paint “the harrowing picture of the soldiers on the front lines and the realities of modern warfare.”

The flick is based on the novel Thunder Run – The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad, which was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent David Zucchino and Mark Bowden.

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  • Can’tGetEnough

    Well finally!!

  • Can’tGetEnough

    Good combo with the three of them? I think so. The women will flock to see it!! =)

  • pippin

    I’m used to see Matthew in comedy movies so this one will be surprinsing.

  • jk

    Hotness overload! :)

  • jk

    @Can’tGetEnough:
    Most definitely I will :)

  • Dianacc

    If they want to make this into a true impactful film….they should take away the 3D part. It has already ruined too many films.

  • Dianacc

    If they want to make this into a true impactful film….they should take away the 3D part. It has already ruined too many films.

  • N.

    “will be the “first ever conventional war film made to utilize this revolutionary facial and motion capture technology and state of the art CG and 3D.”

    What are “facial and motion capture technology”?

  • Truth

    Yea for Butler’s new project!

    Boo to JJ for posting this without any new photos lol.

  • niknoks

    They seem to have gone for style over substance with this 3D nonsense and with the actors. The book was a very emotive and powerful one, it just seems Hollywood want to turn it into a generic ‘action thriller’ in 3D. Already, I don’t hold out much hope for this….

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

    Matthew and Gerry have worked together before and now Gerry and him are at least equals. What a differerence a few (wink) years make. Matthew is hot off The Lincoln Lawyer, which was excellent by the way. Add to that Sam Worthington hot off an excellent performance in The Debt, with Gerry hot off Machine Gun Preacher and Coriolanus and what I see is a terrific dynamic three-some with a timely topic! Yay!
    ~K

  • N.

    Will this “facial and motion capture tech” be the same technology used in Avatar in which we can tell the blue figures resemble Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington but they are sort of cartoonish and distorted a little? I think I just answered my own question.

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

    His leather mail satchel office on the run carry-all has weathered much similar to him….
    http://justjared.buzznet.com/photo-gallery/2407093/36805PCN_Gerard03/
    ~K
    who knows the satchel, and contents, went to the Taj and that’s all the matters :o)

  • http://justjared.com Aqua

    I’m sure at least one of these men will tickle a womans fancy,if not all three.However due to the subject matter of the film.I’m not holding out much hope for a big box office draw.I’ll keep my fingers crossed though.I’m tired of paying extra money at the movies for 3D when I can’t tell the difference between 3D and a regular movie.

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

    That is “that matters” Heavens… rushing… never mind… I am unedited… but saw the link (here) then remembered seeing his carrying it recently with its weathered appearance, and well thought I’d share how it is still with him showing there are some things, no matter what, he cannot let go of… and that includes people… especially people.
    ~K

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    All the little clones

  • curious cat

    @pippin:

    Don’t forget Reign of Fire. Matthew was almost unrecognizable in that and it wasn’t funny.

  • curious cat

    @pippin:

    Don’t forget Reign of Fire. Matthew was almost unrecognizable in that and it wasn’t funny.

  • Autumn

    Evening All! A Trifecta of Male Pulchritude! Rating in hotness – my opinion only JJers : Butler, Worthington, McConaughey. All are handsome, manly guys – not pretty boys like, I hate to say this, Pitt.

    Someone I know just finished this book said it was an amazing read!

    Reign of Fire was great : Bale, Butler, McConaughey : post-apocolyptic world besieged by dragons. Fun.

  • curious cat

    @pippin:

    Don’t forget “Reign of Fire.’ That wasn’t funny and Matthew was barely recognizable asa cigar chomping soldier of fortune with a shaved head.

  • curious cat

    Oops. What hoppen? Three same posts. Sorry. Computer is acting up again.

  • curious cat

    @niknoks:

    My first impression is like yours, Niknoks. But I haven’t read the book. Of course we all know some wonderful books can become trashy movies. Somehow the last few times there have been rumors that GB is to sign on to this film or that, , I felt, oh no. Partly I think I don’t like to see him become just another American actor in the same kinds of noisy films that fill our theater seats and the moneybags of producers but not our souls, hearts and minds. He was himself, when he arrived on these shores, a Scottish actor, uniquely interesting, and seems increasingly swallowed up by Hollywood.
    That vague statement made, I’d be hard put to say what role I’d like to see him in. No reason he should play only Scots. But H-Wood seems to produce so many bangbang, blow ‘em up macho action films and inane chick flicks and unfunny dimwit comedies by the usual suspects “great” movies seems like an oxymoron.
    I don’t see Brad Pitt as a pretty boy, btw. Especially as he’s grown older. He’s supposed to deliver a hell of a performance in his latest, Moneyball. I haven’t seen it. I’ve been very consumed by a pile of tasks I need to get done in real life.
    MGP still shows no signs of coming here and it makes me mad!!! : (

  • bystander

    @curious cat: just about to post something similar, and you’ve beaten me to it! Action, yuk; CG, double yuk; 3D, a definite no-no for me!
    It sounds like a film jumping on the bandwagon of all the latest trickery, with no potential value added to the story. A complete turn off for me. One for the computer games kids.
    Why does gb go for this stuff? Money? New project rumours so far showing little benefit from his recent stretching. I’d hate to see him become just a second rate HW clone and lose his pre-HW uniqueness and taste. I’m not ashamed to say that in the last few months I’ve seen nearly all his available back catalogue, and much prefer his UK made/UKcast/pre HW stuff.

  • Helina

    Hmmh, wait a minute, do they (Sam and Gerard) do two film together, i mean what was that Hunter Killer news?

  • bystander

    @Helina: hopefully this won’t come to fruition, then, in preference to Hunter Killer, which sounds like it may have wider appeal.

  • A note of caution and regret

    As has been said by Curious and others above, this sounds a bit of a mess. What is the point of this. If the thing is to be ‘motion capture and facial recognition’ and ‘CG and 3D’, you can cast any nameless faceless GB/ Worthington/ McConauchy lookalike – and certainly ones who can command lesser fees etc. Why bother with these three.

    Also, surely movies like ‘The Hurt Locker’ et al have already done the most superb job on realistic action movie and the ‘harrowing pictures of front line and modern warfare’ better WITHOUT all the 3D and motion capture trickery.

    We have already seen GB CG ‘digitally enhanced’ doing his warrior best in 300, mould breaking stuff, because it was at the beginning of a whole genre of G action movies five or six years ago. However, I personally can’t be bothered to raise the enthusiasm to see him doing another warrior role with grimacing and growling pumped up in post production.

    Like others have said, I am also beginning to look back at roles he has undertaken prior to 300 with real enthusiasm, before HW got to beat out the unusual and quirky – which is the thing that was truly interesting in watching him.

    I don’t see anything in this book that would be substantially bettered with all the gimmicks and trickery. Its a good action story and gritty and shocking – but it has been done, and done really well already.

    This sounds like a complete mash up of a studio ‘tick box’ing all the popular ideas of box office popularity and then slinging it at an action movie.

    The moments like this make me wonder what GB is in this for – certainly this would be a cash cow for him and management’s percentages. But when he has spent a year or more working hard to be critically recognised, and lauded as an ‘Actor’ rather than a ‘Celebrity/Personality’, he would throw it all back in everyone’s faces AGAIN for some CG 3D actioner. This one sounds like the lure of the cash shouts louder than the interest in critical and industry acting approval.

    Really hoping that this is a rumour, over and above a done deal.

  • A note of caution and regret

    It sounds more and more like a video game – yuck!
    Green screen and voice overs
    more information from one of the reports.

    …”The project aims to recount the capture of Baghdad by American forces at the start of the Iraq War in 2003. The three-day assault was referred as a “lightning strike” or “thunder run.” The producers want to paint “the harrowing picture of the soldiers on the front lines and the realities of modern warfare.”
    The Graphic Film Company has been tapped to utilize proprietary facial-capture technology it used on West’s upcoming Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D movie along with the motion capture technology used in Avatar, said Freedom Films.

    … The trio’s work will consist mostly of voicework but there will be green-screen aspects as well.

    “What we capture in our cameras will be them,” Presley told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’ll have a stylized effect to it but we are shooting them. We’re not ageing them down like Jeff Bridges in Tron Legacy, it’ll be them for two hours in a highly intense tank battle.

    “The scope of the movie is going to feel huge and thegoal is to appeal to the Call of Duty world. It’s not going to have a video game world feel but to have a stylized look to it.

    “We’re locked and loaded and will shoot next year.”

    Thunder Run is repped by Gersh with CAA also coming on board to rep the movie. Gersh also reps Freedom Films.
    Butler is repped by CAA and Alan Siegel Entertainment, Worthington by CAA and Anonymous Content, McConaughey by CAA and attorney Kevin Morris. West is also repped by CAA.

  • bystander

    @A note of caution and regret: bravo (both posts), eloquently put. I might go further and say this has the hallmark of an immature boy choice. Disappointing if true.

    Some of the more ethereal on here have been pointng to changes in GB’s demeanour, a sign of a more settled or more mature personal life. I was almost beginning to countenance it myself.

  • bystander

    @A note of caution and regret: I also wonder how much better GB could have used the potential he took to Hollywood if he had fallen in with better management.

  • curious cat

    So sorry. It was Autumn, not Niknoks, who made the Brad Pitt comment. No quarrel here, just a disagree. I can’t think when I’ve ever become as emotionally invested in an actor as I have in Butler. I’m not a stargazer by nature. When I was a little girl, I had a sort of crush on James Mason. He starred as Captain Nemo in the movie version of Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”

    I think Mason fascinated me not only because of his handsome face with heavy beard and dark, brooding eyes, but because he played such a tortured, bitter character and talked in the most snotty English accent, sounding as if he was really put upon to have to talk to anyone he was talking to. He sounded like that even out of that movie.

    He was married to a woman who was not pretty. Reporters would ask him about that, not quite coming out and saying, why would a hot movie star who could have any woman marry someone that homely, but that was their meaning. He said, in that haughty, bored accent, “Aside from her obvious physical beauty, she has brains.” I loved him for that, and I was just a kid.

    They eventually went their separate ways I undersand, but only after raising their kids, and he remarried, not a hot younger chick, but an Aussie actress close to his age.

    Now, maybe folks who know more will tell me a lot of dirt about him, I don’t know. But his public behavior was impeccable on this side of the pond.

    Robert Redford I always liked. He fought the pretty boy Hollywood image even while he took advantage of it. What drove him to make a film like “Jeremiah Johnson?” He eschewed living in H-Wood for Utah, and sarted the Sundance Festival. He also had a long marriage, eevntually dissolved. I don’t know what this means to me exactly, I guess that there are actors who take their life responsibilities and commitments as seriously as they do their work. It doesn’t mean we must stay stuck forever in a life that isn’t working any more.

  • curious cat

    I quit and posted because I never know if something will appear.

    I’ve tried to figure out what kind of movies I like. A leading contender is “Whale Rider,” an independent New Zealand film that clearly suffered from lack of money, but was incredible. I saw it seven times in the theatre, dragging different friends to it, bought every DVD and VHS copy I could find to give to people I thought should see it.
    This is not a film to watch on TV. It has a slow, steady pace like the ocean tides it follows. Sparse dialogue with so much subtext and you undertand it all. Only twice in the film does the grandmother threaten to divorce the grandfather, the first time in the first 3 minutes of the movie, but you immediately understand that she’s been threatening this for years and will never do it. The second mention only confirms that this is a long running fight. How actors can convey so much in a few lines is incredible.

    i guess it’s a raw, honest film like “Dear Frankie” and I like that.

  • bystander

    @curious cat: For me, as a child, it was Fred Astaire, although by then an old man. He always played the charismatic cheeky chap with a heart of gold, and I was heavily into dancing. Saw the brand new stage adaptation of Top Hat recently, it was pure class.

    As a solitary child I also loved the Fonda/Mason/Wayne/Stewart type black and whites shown on Sunday afternoon. Kept a scrap book with the newspaper plot summaries pasted in. Mind you, I also used to spend hours playing with my mother’s button box and inventing a new dewey type system to classify and order all my books!

    Beards scared me sh****ss in my infancy. Literally screaming. But for the last 30 years any man with a beard can turn my head and loins.
    Funny how life turns out, isn’t it!

  • niknoks

    @curious cat:

    What p*sses me off the most is that, however you feel about the war in Iraq, this is a true story of soldiers putting their lives on the line for their country and to turn it into a Hollywood action thriller with 3D and CG technology just seems so tacky and disrespectful.
    -
    I often wonder how many millions Hollywood makes off the back of troops willing to and sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice and how much they actually give back to those troops.

  • Dragonette

    Honestly the first thing I thought of when I read CG and 3D was a movie version of “Call of Duty”. Mehhhhh… I dunno. I need to get a feel for the look of the movie before I criticize.

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

    I disagree. What’s new?
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    True stories from Baghdad are not going to be pleasant. Those who go in first have the hardest jobs. Around as an adult still stinging internally from 9/11 (which altered me forever -living where I do- changing me in ways only love can in that I kept the changes) when this happened I remember it well. There will be visuals I presume they’ll entwine within the high technology path this film seems to be taking.
    -
    Why not? It has to be necessary to recreate the city first of all, but mostly, to keep the actors safe.
    -
    Matthew could use more drama, same with the others along with leadership action quick on their feet fast jabber as only soldiers speak. A lot of research will need to into these roles for all three but especially Sam (I would think). The youngest and not living here seeped with the “American” gun-ho mythology he’ll need to dive in deeper.
    -
    Gerry has played prayer warriors before even working with Matthew but now they’re on equal, to be polite, footing. Everyone needs each other. I love it. It is going to be awesome, timely, well done and a hit, not to mention a payday.
    -
    I’m on-board. It’s a message being told by different political sides. My money is on Matthew being a Republican, Gerry we know liberal Democrat and Sam, well… I don’t know.
    -
    Two Scorpios in lead roles should present challenge, sparks and tense fusion while their heady-passions rise to the surface on both their facial expression, deep intent of thought and focus along through their often impulsive actions as they take on the capital city starting an useless war as it destroys beauty, people and evil to gain what we went in for?
    ~K

  • Truth

    Do you ladies know how many legions of people will go to see a call of duty like type movie? Millions! Additionally, just as millions flock to video stores to purchase the games.
    Unfortunately, you ladies are in the minority when it comes to this type of hype and technology. There will be so many people running out to see this movie, mostly gamer type people (people who play video games).

    Also Butler knows what he is doing when it comes to his career. He has been in the game long enough to not only know how to play it, but also how to be a winner in it.

    Let’s give him more credit than what I am reading here.

    I know that my opinion is in the minority here, but it is just my opinion.

  • bystander

    @Truth: I agree there is a mass market for this, but view it as not particularly discriminating. It just seems a non-challenging cash cow as far as butler goes. Not all computer game type films are box office successes. Gamer?

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

    @Truth:
    Exactly! Vets are proud people. They bring their families too. Good mention. I’m a pacifist like Gerry but someone needs to bring the story to the screen, why not someone who can be unbearably real like Gerry who possesses an open, unadorned face that allows feelings to emerge and recede with quicksilver speed?
    ~K

  • niknoks

    @GerrysFascinatingWoman:

    Actually GFW what made this book so powerful and what made it stand out from the rest was that David Zucchino kept it completely apolitical and soldiers do not give a damn about politics when in theatre. So your reference to the political positions of McConaughey and Butler is completely irrelevant.

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

    GAMER should have been a hit. The ‘brothers’ fubbed it up thinkin’ it would have Internet buzz like 300. It didn’t.
    -
    The subject of GAMER was timely, still is, and will be more so as ‘gamers’ grow younger and younger with bullying and suicides and backlash of internet postings now rolling into schools even jobs with their haunting devastation and ability to cause personal trauma.
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    What if I let this place get to me? Or IMDb, which was worse?! How things are twisted for whatever reason, mostly… reaction. Played once. Now? No way.
    (To me) this is font, nothing more. I control how I feel, and react… others can try. Words have power, no doubt about it, but I own the control to be here or not.
    -
    Anyways, telling military tales, especially successful ones however full of hardship, are always good at the box-office!
    ~K
    who wants to see The Bricklayer get made first because it is an intriguing story with a super ending

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

    @niknoks:
    I am not expressing them within the context of the movie. That, was a blog comment I brought over to keep conversation on topic, so I kept that in. I haven’t read the book but will. Read The Bricklayer too! :o)
    ~K

  • wtf?

    well as usual i’m the dissension in the ranks…..probably why i don’t visit too often….

    i can get by the razzle dazzle hollywood tweakers adding their eye to it, loved 300 for that reason…..

    i wonder how the public views Iraq now? are they ready for a war time flick again, personally i think we need more stories like this on the big screen…..one of the.best way to honor those that lived through it, IMHO

    craigy, OFFS, flotsam and i have been waiting a long while for this story to be told……count us in…..nice pick Butler!

    buggin out for now…..

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

    @wtf?:
    No one seems to like anything the man picks. Or anyone who likes what he picks, whatever he pics… or does! Like he cares.
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    Seriously, the amount of constant negativism here is bone-chilling. Opinions or not, someone has to be in an icky place to compose such thoughts. Trick is not letting anything stick. ;o)
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    3-D is very “now”. Aroma vision too! Might we smell smoke??? So is CGI! What’s the big flippin’ chrysanthemums deal anyway? Heck X-Box is interactive now. We can talk to our TVs! It is what it is.
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    I think it good experience for him plus he’s the 300 skills to share, and it might be a very heart-felt but tragic insightful revealing but sad film that we need to see as we sit at home in our judgmental cushy armchairs or office chairs free from want with freedom bought by young soldiers who ran the operation. Our freedoms are not free.
    ~K

  • dmp

    A lot of GB movie buzz recently with . . . “The Bricklayer,” “Hunter Killer” and now “Thunder Run.” I actually don’t know much about HK or TR but I did read TBL a while ago and really enjoyed it . . . and think GB was born to play that role. IMO it would be a wonderful showcase to highlight not only GB’s skill for drama and action but also his obvious inherent charisma. There are many actors that can do action but I don’t see many that can do it with the natural charm that GB possesses. It’s a winning combo! TBL is a well-written superb mix of action, drama, sexual tension, romance, subtle humor . . . and as a fan of the book one can only hope it translates as well on screen if it gets to that point. It seems to have the ingredients to potentially be a great success for GB with the possibility of a sequel based on the follow-up book “Agent X.”

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

    @dmp:
    Totally agree with your views on The Bricklayer. A quick and speedy read.
    -
    I have “LOL” beside everyone of Steve Vale’s lines. I do. You can’t help but see Gerry delivering them.
    -
    You’re right about the tension between Steven and Kate, as I’ve said here in other threads before. I loved the ending. Loved it. Hope they keep it as is.
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    If they play their cards right this could be his Borne series. It’s intriguing, fast, slick, witty, smart and could easily happen! Plus he learned his masonry skills in Machine Gun Preacher! LOL
    ~K

  • Hollywood Gossiper

    @niknoks:

    Any more disrespectful than 300 or any other war movie?

    A story told well is not disrespectful in my opinion. Aye there’s the rub.

    I will withhold judgment on the technology because I like what they did to 300. Sin City as well. Have not seen Avatar though does not really appeal to me but it made huge money so it did appeal to others.
    Now if this veers as some articles have already suggested into taking a Pulitizer Prize winning book and turning it into a war video game, that would be rather unfortunatel That said the reality is some aspects of modern warfare seem video gamish.

    It sounds to me like it will be mostly voice over work for the three lead actors and perhaps some green screen work, quoting from the Hollywood Reporter, but overall not the kind of work or commitment involved for a standard war movie. Don’t need to go to some desert location for instance.

  • angelsrock

    I like the choices of movies lately. I doubt I’ll enjoy the Thunder Alley one, but who knows. Loved The Bricklayer. I agree that Gerry is perfect for that role. Hunter Killer has potential to be a great drama. And Gerry’s character sounds interesting.

    BTW here’s a little eye-candy just in time for Halloween. Enjoy the weekend JJ’ers.

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