Bob Thornton Joins Dwayne Johnson in 'Faster' for CBS Films 10/28/09
LOS ANGELES, California
Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Billy Bob Thornton has signed on to star opposite
Dwayne Johnson in "Faster," a co-production of CBS Films and
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group. The announcement was made
today by Amy Baer, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Films, the
feature film division of CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS). The
project, which is scheduled to start principal photography in mid-January,
will be directed by George Tillman, Jr. ("Notorious," "Men
of Honor," "Soul Food").
In this action thriller scripted by Joe and Tony Gayton, an ex-con
(Johnson) sets out to avenge his brother's murder with a deadly to-do
list. Trailed by a veteran cop (Thornton) and an egocentric hit man, he
methodically races against time to bring those responsible to 'justice.'
Casting for the hit man is currently underway.
The film will be produced by Castle Rock Entertainment's Martin Shafer
and Liz Glotzer, alongside Tony Gayton and Robert Teitel. Joe Gayton will
An accomplished actor/director, and an Academy Award®-winning
screenwriter (for "Sling Blade," of which he also starred and
directed), Thornton has over 40 film credits to his name including "A
Simple Plan," "Pushing Tin," "Monster's Ball,"
"Bad Santa," and, most recently, "Eagle Eye." In
addition to starring in "Faster," Thornton will co-produce the
upcoming "Three Nights In August," an adaptation of H.G.
"Buzz" Bissinger's ("Friday Night Lights") book about
the 2003 three-game baseball series between the St.
Louis Cardinals and the Chicago