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Kevin Bacon Cast As the Villain in James Gunn’s Super

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 19, 2009

Kevin Bacon

James Gunn

by Brendon Connelly – SlashFilm.com

James Gunn’s Super is a very promising-sounding example of the “real world superheroes” subgenre that includes Special, Defendor and Kick-Ass. The film is currently shooting in Shreveport, Louisiana with Rainn Wilson starring as a would be superhero without any kind of powers who picks up a pipe wrench and decides to avenge… well, it begins with his wife cheating on him with a drug dealer called Jacques.

The latest casting news is that the role Jacques has been filled, and he’s going to be played by none other than Kevin Bacon. That’s my opening night seat sold, right there.

Talking to Screen Daily, James Gunn said:

“Kevin Bacon is one of the few actors nimble enough to give life to Jacques, our supervillain with a nice streak. We need to love Jacques even while he’s doing horrible things – Kevin is one of the only actors I know who can pull that off.”

Alongside Rainn Wilson as Frank D’Arbo and his alter ego The Crimson Bolt, Ellen Page as the (very possibly sociopathic) ‘girl wonder’ sidekick and Liv Tyler as the cheating wife, Bacon’s appointment makes for a rock-solid core cast. If this thing plays one half as well as its IMDB page will read I’m thinking Kick-Ass might have a little competition in the cult film stakes.

The film’s producer, Ted Hope, is out on location in Shreveport. As such, his tweet that he’s had dinner with Michael Rooker last night is a pretty strong indication that Rooker might have a role in the picture. He definitely seems to be suggesting that Gregg Henry has a role.

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