Vin Diesel’s “Bloodshot” looks likely to welcome Australian actor Guy Pearce to its cast roster, following the departure of Michael Sheen due to scheduling problems.
With filming underway, last-minute replacement Guy Pearce is now asociated with comic book movie “Bloodshot” after Michael Sheen was obliged to bow out.
“Bloodshot” is the story of a super-soldier back from the dead thanks to the use of nanotechnology. He’s tasked with taking down all manner of hostile forces, from criminal elements to other superpowered test subjects, but discovers that his memories have been completely and repeatedly falsified by his handlers.
The Valiant Comics series upon which “Bloodshot” is based was was optioned by Sony Pictures and production company Original Film along with stablemate line “Harbringer,” allowing for the creation of an independent superhero franchise away from Marvel and DC Comics.
Original Film is the production company owned by Neal H. Moritz, creator of the US$5bn “Fast and Furious” franchise, which has Diesel in the role of its most frequently featured character.
Michael Sheen had been one of the earliest cast announcements, but the “Masters of Sex” and “Twilight Saga” actor is thought to have left over irreversible scheduling conflicts.
Both Variety and The Wrap noted Pearce’s involvement. The Australian actor — once of daytime TV soap “Neighbours” — established himself as a film actor through strong performances in “L.A. Confidential” and “Memento.”
He has also co-starred in “The Hurt Locker,” “The King’s Speech,” “Prometheus,” “Iron Man,” “Animal Kingdom” and “Alien: Covenant.”
Five of his films are releasing over the course of 2018, which will be a new career high for Pearce: comedy drama “Swinging Safari,” WWII thriller “The Catcher Was a Spy,” missing persons mystery “Spinning Man,” Brian De Palma’s upcoming crime thriller “Domino” and December’s historical drama “Mary Queen of Scots.”