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Gerard Butler Developing 'Olympus Has Fallen'

Gerard Butler Developing 'Olympus Has Fallen'

Gerard Butler is working both in front of and behind the camera for his next project.

The 42-year-old Scottish actor is set to star in the action film Olympus Has Fallen, a project he’ll also co-produce.

The movie centers “on an ex Secret Service agent who must foil a terrorist attack on the president’s residence,” according to THR.

Gerard most recently starred in Coriolanus and Machine Gun Preacher.

He’s also replacing Eric Bana in the diamond-heist thriller Brilliant.

ARE YOU EXCITED for Gerard Butler’s new role in Olympus Has Fallen?

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  • Karen

    I am not now nor never have been a Clooney fan on a personal level nor as an actor. And, I agree with those who think Clooney adores and wallows in his celeb status. He relishes spending big bucks on homes etc. in places the filthy rich congregate.
    Also, if Gerry dated some of the losers Clooney has publicly paraded around, some peeps here would never shut up about it.

  • justsayin’too

    I think the big difference between Clooney and Gerard is that Clooney appears to be a serial monogamist. He does have bad taste in women, but he appears to be faithful during their relationship and is not into partying etc…Gerard will stick his tongue in anything on any given day so the yuck factor for him is huge. Clooney also gets involved in causes he believes in and will go to great lenghts for them. Even if you don’t like him, you have to admire his commitment to giving back.However, Gerard only seems to give to a cause when he is trying to deflect some kind of personal indiscretion or bad PR. Big difference to me. He is totally missing the chance to be on the level of Clooney and it’s his own self sabotage!

  • kristi

    @justsayin’too: I’m glad GB is not on “the level of Clooney.” I view Clooney as an unctuous, overly smooth yucky person.

  • LOL

    @kristi: Agree. Sort of like a shady evangelist, used car salesman, insurance salesman, combined. Someone the term “oily” is used for.

  • dummy

    @just me:
    “So freedom loving you had apartheid in the south until the 60s. And the shame of guantanomo bay riding rough over international human rights. ”
    .
    LMAO at how out of touch with reality you are!!! Separation in the south that ended over 5 decades ago??? Killers in Guantanamo that want to kill me, you, and everyone else not of their religion, are the people your so sympathetic to??? Europe is falling apart and those has-been issues concern you? Is it possible to argue with idiots???
    .

    Go back to listening to your self-lathing professors and your self-loathing propaganda operatives you call British journalists. Those people are well-versed in yellow journalism. Wait a minute, didn’t they invent the concept in Great Britain?
    .
    And if our arrogance bothers you so much, look at yourselves first because no one is more arrogant than the British Intelligentsia. They believe they figured it all and know ALL the answers. Thank God we don’t listen to them, save a few radicals on the left, lest our fate be with the UK – devoid of any reason or hope. You really are dummies in the UK.

  • dummy

    @justsayin’too:
    “Clooney also gets involved in causes he believes in and will go to great lenghts for them. ‘
    .
    His interest in those causes is fake. Don’t let the image he sells to you color your perception. There is nothing to admire in Cloony. Everything he does is to further his career, and to project the image of the caring and aware HW star, all for public consumption.
    .
    And how is switching women every few months or every year, make him any better than Gerard? Besides, we don’t know for sure how much Gerard cheats. At this point, it’s all hearsay and propaganda making some of the women feel less than hos about themselves. I doubt he tells any girl ‘I want to be exclusive with you until I tire of you and send you away’, as you’re implying cloony does. Truth is we don’t know what happens behind closed doors in either Clooney’s love life or Gerard’s. All we do here is speculate. Let’s make sure we understand that.

  • GerrysGreenEyedWoman

    “His interest in those causes is fake. Don’t let the image he sells to you color your perception.”
    -
    And that includes George and his father?
    -
    You might be best served if you take your spiteful word to HIS board! He has one you know?
    ~K

  • angelsrock

    Clooney and Butler really are like comparing apples to oranges. Leave it alone. I don’t want Butler to “aspire” to be just like Clooney. I don’t really like Clooney all that much. I’m not going to smear him all over this page, but he does nothing for me. His acting is downright “vanilla”. BORING.

    For me Butler is a better actor than Clooney; much more versatile and really commands the screen. Clooney is well…..Clooney. Kind of cute, but kind of boring too. Men Who Stare at Goats and The American were horrid.

  • just me again

    @dummy: We are all dummies because we are not in right wing agreement with you? I should be proud of British history but you dismiss your country’s? It takes a dummy to know one.

  • dummy

    @GerrysGreenEyedWoman:
    Like father like son.
    .
    “Just me” is an idiot, but you’re a bigger one.

  • radarlove

    @Karen:And Gerry doesn’t, wake up darling.

  • radarlove

    If you are calling Clooney a fake regarding his political and charitable causes what do you consider Butler – a crusader? a dabbler or just as phoney as Clooney maybe more so. You can’t call him out without calling out pretty much all of Hollywood then except maybe Sean Penn. You may not like Clooney and he may not impress you, which is cool, but if you are tearing him apart then you should be tearing Butler the same strip if not a wider one.

    @Karen: If you think Gerry does not wallow in his celebrity and loves to hang out with the rich and infamous you are deluding yourself. Did you forget this past glorious summer in Malibu?

  • GerrysGreenEyedWoman

    @dummy:
    I’m an idiot? You’ve wasted hours, nearly an entire day, here today.
    -
    Have a nice night.
    ~K

  • dummy

    @just me again:
    I don’t dismiss my county’s history; I just put into the right perspective. No matter how bad the US might have been, it pales in comparison to the dark regimes which the intelligentsia in your country defends on regular basis. Iran, Cuba, Syria, Pakistan, China, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, palestinian murders, can’t be better on human rights than the US, yet the left is silent on them. All they see is how bad America is. Wise up! America is the land of freedom and opportunity for anyone who wants to partake.
    .
    BTW, If we’re going to talk about England, and how evil of an empire it was, how come no one from your side ever mentions what the English did to the Irish? They treated them like sub-human. All you guys talk about is how England plundered the third world, which is totally uncalled for. These dark places would still be living in the stone age if it weren’t for GB. In fact, some of them were still there not many decades ago.
    .
    It’s obvious why. People with your mind set whole quarrel is with the white race. You stick up for anyone who is not white. The Irish are white, so they don’t deserve the same amount of outrage as black or brown deserve. Talk about discrimination!
    .
    You people are so back ward. You’ll defend murders, polygamist, terrorists, women-hating, gay-bashing throwbacks just because they are not white, while you loath your own race. This agenda of yours has been established a long time ago. Thank God some of us can differentiate between good and evil; who deserves defending and who deserves contempt. To people like you all none-whites deserve defending and all whites deserve hate. Look at yourself in the mirror dear and be honest with yourself. You are a self-loathing English girl.

  • dummy

    @GerrysGreenEyedWoman:
    Idiot, I come and go. I don’t sit by the computer to post.
    .
    It’s funny how you call others exactly what you are. How many times did you spend 14 hours per day posting one comment after another and spamming the board? Look at yourself first.

  • Karen

    @radarlove: I never said Gerry doesn’t enjoy being a celeb and its perks. I will just comment that St. George is as big or bigger a fameho only he tries to hide it under layers of bs. Gerry is what he is, and I like him a whole lot more just ’cause he’s Gerry.

  • Crazy Wench

    @dummy:
    GFW is a hypocrite. She points out derogatory things about herself and tries to stick them on someone else. Such a lowlife.

  • Manny

    @angelsrock:
    .
    I only brought up Clooney as an example of someone who knows the mechanics of HW and quite successfully exploits them.
    .
    Butler could learn a few lessons from Clooney when it comes to the business end of HW. There aren’t many that can make whatever movie they want, Clooney just happens to be one of them.
    .
    I wasn’t comparing their talent just the difference of what motivates the two. Clooney seems to be for the love of acting, whether anyone thinks he is good at it or not, where Butler’s motives seem more geared to the celebrity IMO.
    .
    Clooney’s vanity projects are interesting choices and definitely not mainstream which I find refreshing.

  • Whatshedonenow

    Clooney is one of HW’s royalty and Butler is at best one of HW’s many  court jesters. It’s  ridiculous to compare the two. 

  • Kelly

    Anyone who considers Clooney quality is out of his kind. Such an none captivating presence.

  • Whatshedonenow

    @ Hollywood gossiper

    I totally agree with you, Butler really wants the credibility of Clooney but from what we have seen in recent years he lacks the talent and the HW political know how to do it.
     
    Right now Butler comes across as a bit of an emotional wreck. You get the sense that he’s fleying  professionally and personally.
     
    What with all those dodgy action flicks in the pipeline and continuous reshoots of PTF and OMAM, as well all those questionable PR  moves, you get the feeling he’s desperately trying to hang on to some semblance of a viable career in HW, but as you say only time will tell if he can really get himself together.
     

  • just wondering

    Is it possible Gerard is having financial difficulties? Maybe there was an investment or two that went sour and Gerard is in some financial trouble. It would explain his recent meltdown, as well as why he’s signing on to so much mainstream fare all of a sudden.

  • twitter

    Carina
    Favorite #sxsw moment last night: girl in wonder woman costume claiming she gave Gerard Butler a ride in her pedicab and then kissed him.
    .
    ShaziLA
    Last night’s SXSW siting: Butler Squared! Win + Gerard at the same Mexican restaurant in Austin. Maybe they’re long lost cousins…
    .
    Agnes Nowakowski
    gerard butler and jesse james were at the club last night. mr. butler is super hot in person. #sxswcelebritysightings
    .
    Agnes Nowakowski
    saw him @club606ATX my bf owns the club. got a hug and a picture!

  • Char

    just wondering, I think you might have something there. He’s going for the possible bigger box office and more mainstream projects it seems. The general public tend to go to movies strictly for the entertainment value. A means of escape for a couple of hours. Finding anything unique and thought provoking is harder to come by especially If it’s boring and the critics love it. It’s more fun to go to a movie where there’s either comedy, romance or something exploding and a lot of action and if it’s got all of it, then it’s even better. He might just be going for what he’s good at and that’s the action oriented films. And like you said money may be catalyst to it as well.

  • Hehham

    @Whatshedonenow: George Clooney is HW royalty because he had an aunt who was in a few movies in the 60s and his father used to be a news anchorman in Kentucky? Your definition of HW royalty is plain wrong.

  • Hehham

    Gerard has questionable taste in picking scripts. He could take a page from Leo Dicaprio’s book in choosing potential hit projects. I bet Leo has professional help in deciding which project to take on and seldom waste time and energy in something that doesn’t pan out.

  • Reviews

    I don’t know Clooney doesn’t do it for me – not looks wise nor personality wise.
    .
    Nice collection of GB photos. Even when chubby, he was cute.
    http://cocobloco.gr/5743/eye-candy-weekend-gerard-butler/5743
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    http://www.ineedmyfix.com/2012/03/17/casting-tidbit-gerard-butler-to-the-rescue/

  • Reviews

    lol from Radar Online:

    “Attention ladies of Austin, Texas: The alpha male is headed your way! Scruffy looking Gerard Butler makes his way into LAX on March 15, 2012.”
    http://www.radaronline.com/photos/image/169095/2011/12/hot-photos-december-19-2011
    .
    Radar is sure singing a new tune….what happened, no more reports on married women?
    .
    http://www.myspace.com/whats-hot/2012/3/17/sxsw-recap-march-16

  • Reviews

    In a sea of gritty/realistic/gimmicky action movies, an over-the-top story fronted by a hardened lead is actually kind of refreshing.
    http://collider.com/gerard-butler-olympus-has-fallen/152996/
    .
    “Spec action script Olympus Has Fallen is generating plenty of heat at the moment. A few days ago, Millennium Films grabbed up the rights to Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt’s work, launching the hunt for a potential star. Call off the hounds! Gerard Butler is now signed on to take the lead.

    Olympus sounds like it could be right up Butler’s alley (at least his action side, which often yields more rewarding results than his dabbles in romantic comedy) and also a fun throwback to the days of Die Hard and Air Force One.”
    http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=33435

  • Jennifer

    Sorry, I have no respect for those who engage in adultery. Just because he wasn’t the married one doesn’t mean he was an innocent bystander. I would never participate in an affair. He may be attractive on the outside, but his interior is just plain ugly.

  • Reviews

    “Gill, who closed down his own company The Film Department last month, was named Millennium’s president on Tuesday.

    The company said it plans to produce and finance five to eight star-driven, wide-release movies per year with budgets between $20 and $80 million.
    …………………the 2009 thriller Law Abiding Citizen, starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx, which earned $133 million at the worldwide box office…………… ”
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mark-gill-named-president-millennium-206260
    .
    http://gbutler.ru/news/olympus-has-fallen/

  • apples and oranges

    Rosemary Clooney’s hey day as a singer was in the 1950′s. She had been off the charts for decades before nephew, George started working as an actor and producer. She had nothing to do with George’s success in acting. If Rosemary could create an A-list career through her magic wand then explain why her own children (who are actors) never made the A-list? They didn’t have anything close to George’s career. George was on his own. Rosemary couldn’t make George a star in the 90′s anymore than Whitney Houston could wave a magic wand make a family member of hers an award-winning film actor and director. I’m not even going to get into the absurdity of attributing George’s success to the fact his Dad was a newsman in Ohio. George has been working in HW for three decades making very smart choices along the way. That’s why he’s the top of the doggy pile. Hard work, talent, and smart choices. Gerard Butler has two out of the three. He’s talented and a hard worker. But Gerard has made some very bad choices. He has chosen an inexperienced and ineffective team, and his script choices are god-awful.

  • Reviews

    @Char:
    “He’s going for the possible bigger box office and more mainstream projects it seems……… He might just be going for what he’s good at and that’s the action oriented films. And like you said money may be catalyst to it as well.”
    .
    I totally agree with your assessment. He has to face the music, as every business person has. No matter how creative he might want to be, at the end of the day it’s all about making projects the public want to see. Good business is not about projects that make the critics happy. Just making the critics happy doesn’t pay the bills, or ensure you’ll continue to get work.
    .
    It’s like Detroit building cars that no one wants to buy; the public is not interested in driving them. Could Detroit stay in business long? No. Therefore, Detroit must build cars people want to drive. Same with making movies. Actors can’t survive on what critics call quality, but they can survive on commercial success that critics might not necessarily like. Of course, the most desirable situation is to find a project that’s both critically acclaimed and a financial jackpot. Such projects don’t come everyday, so what is he to do, wait until something with such potential falls into his lap every 5-6 years? Please, the people that criticize him need to be more realistic.
    .
    It’s easy to sit there in the safety of your own life while you judge someone else by peering into his life as displayed through the media. We don’t know all the consideration behind his decisions, because we are not living his life with his pressures.
    .
    I for one am very happy he has all these projects coming out. I couldn’t care less if these projects look like they would be critically acclaimed. If they do, that’s the icing on the cake. What I care about is that the public will be interested in seeing them. Lucky for Gerard, he is a big draw for audiences. I think MGP and Coriolanus lack of success was an anomaly for him, and was really more the result of poor distribution rather than lack of star power. These 4 projects, if he ends up doing all of them, seem pretty good for what they are – fun movies that can draw in the public.

  • sxsw

    He’s at a party tonight.
    .
    Savanna VanAusdale ‏
    GERARD BUTLER IS HERE @SavannaVan17” LITERALLY AT THE SAME PARTY
    .
    9:49 PM – 17 Mar 12
    http://twitter.com/MadSDell

  • Aha….

    @sxsw: These two girls are from NOLA…

  • sxsw

    @Aha….:
    They’re from NOLA but if you read their tweets, it looks like they went to SXSW.

  • …….

    Weren’t there tweets a couple of weeks ago that a woman’s sister was being set up in advance as a date for him in NOLA (@ashSlay). He does make sure of his ‘comforts’ and seems to send out scouts for willing volunteers. The rehab was a scam and he is partying away. Superficially an engaging and attractive personality – I’m sorry I ever looked closer. It has been dispiriting.

  • sxsw

    Megan Parra
    Gerard butler and Owen Wilson definitely came to the wrong party because im a creepy f.uck
    .
    10:54 PM – 17 Mar 12
    http://twitter.com/shmeggowaffles

  • Scout

    He ends up with terrible movies because that’s what he’s offered. He was really lucky to get Coriolanus and everybody was surprised to see him in such a film. He should have taken full advantage of that change in direction in his career. He needs to get back out there and start auditioning for roles again. The chances of that are probably slim but he needs to get himself considered for more decent roles. I’ve said it before if he can’t see what he needs to do to turn his career around he needs a manager who can. DUMP him Gerry like you do all your women! Isn’t it ironic how loyal and committed Gerry is to that relationship.

  • bystander

    @Scout: perhaps because Alan is the only one who can handle his extra curriculars and PR gaffes?

    I agree he needs to change direction professionally, perhaps after s couple of cash cow action flicks. Audition, or stage work, to consolidate and show some of that potential again, then maybe better roles will cross his desk. I’d imagine last years acting chops flops stung him so maybe he will just settle for making a living as a b rate action star, like statham or stallone. Or make more cgi rubbish, although I expect that bubble will burst soon enough. The artist showed that acting is more admired than stunts or effects.

  • Occam’s Razor

    I think the three back to back action movies are just to recoup the losses of Machine Gun Preacher. Action movies are practically guaranteed money in the box office – and providing that they can keep the operation costs down and retain some of the profits for future works, Gerard and Alan should be able to choose another “vanity” piece following them. Plus having a potential three back to back successes in the theatres will make it easier for them to find financial backers in the future. It’s a calculated move – not silly at all, really. That is, unless he follows it with three romantic-comedies…

  • Kim

    @Scout:
    No I disagree. He needs movies that make money. He had a good track record until MGP, just because he got twp that didn’t do well in the box office doesn’t mean he needs to audition again. LOL! Some of you are totally over reacting.
    .
    I am with Reviews. it’s not about the serious roles that the critics might consider great; it’s about bringing the good in the box office. It’s about making movies people would pay to see. People like action movies, period. All 4 of these stories are action dramas. I think he is great in action films.

  • beeny girl

    looking at boxofficemojo for the years release schedule, it seems that OMAM is booked for mid october (sport drama), and PTF (RomCom) is apparently scheduled for Christmas Day 2012! Even more optimistically, Hunter Killer (Submarine drama) is scheduled for early December release! (LOL)

  • beeny girl

    further to the release news; The leprachaun thing seems to have disappeared altogether (it was called movie 43) but, unless it has been renamed, I cannot find it on anyone’s release schedule.

  • Kim

    @…….:
    these are the women but i don’t think it’s one of the girls above

    .
    http://twitter.com/#!/ashSlay

  • Kim

    and this is the other one
    http://twitter.com/#!/megciccarone
    .

  • well …

    @Occam’s Razor:
    “Action movies are practically guaranteed money in the box office”
    .
    Unless, of course, that film is “Gamer”.
    I don’t think anything is guaranteed to make money.
    LAC was a modest success, and Bounty Hunter made him a laughing stock. Didn’t he get his first Razzie nom for that? I think Gerry’s career is on shaky ground and there are no guarantees for him anymore.
    He would be better off being associated with more substantive projects and try to re-build his career from there.

  • Occam’s Razor

    @well …:
    Agreed about Bounty Hunter, but that was hardly an action movie. It was a lot of fluff with a little running around and a lot of hair flicking (sorry, acting) from Jennifer Aniston. That’s all. Definitely not action.

    Even though Gamer wasn’t that great, it still covered its budget plus some $5 million in the theatres, not including DVD sales and rentals. If a movie makes money, you can call it a success – even if the movie wasn’t generally considered a good movie. Action movies, historically, have always drawn good numbers in the theatres. If the budget of the film can be made back via ticket sales only, and then some, then there’s likely to be some money left to, 1: cover the losses of MGP, and 2: potentially fund a new “vanity” or free-choice film. I think that there are enough men (sorry, and women) in the world who enjoy his action movies to make this possible. I agree that this isn’t going to challenge him and make him grow as an actor, but it does make financial sense. That’s all I was trying to point out.

  • no rewrites please

    The writers are being highly praised for this script (read the comment section). Let’s fervently hope Butler keeps his ego in check and keeps his paws off the script.
    http://www.deadline.com/2012/03/millennium-acquires-spec-olympus-has-fallen/

  • Rebecca

    Some of you need to quit comparing George Clooney’s career to Gerry’s! Clooney’s career exploded because he was a heartthrob on that medical TV show and he was a pretty good actor. He’s royalty because he’s very handsome, etc. – HW loves him, just like Brad Pitt. So, Clooney and Pitt get all the great scripts – anything they want. I truly believe Gerry has to fight for scripts and attention. I still think he is absolutely gorgeous and a terrific actor. Could you see Pitt or Clooney being in POTO?? No – and Gerry was great in it. Many of you go on and on about his choice of scripts, but you have no idea what goes on behind the closed doors of HW wheeling and dealing. Face it, there just aren’t that many good scripts out there and Pitt and Clooney get the cream of the crop. I also think Gerry has had bad luck with certain movies. Dear Frankie – should have gotten better distribution, etc. His last two got horrible distribution and he got great reviews for his acting. POTO (movie) should have been recognized critically because it was fabulous but the critics have never loved or appreciated the stage play of it.

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