Post “300,” Gerard Butler has been scooping up some roles that previously may have gone to Jason Statham.
Not that long ago, I read an article where some casting agents were lamenting the limited number of “tough guy” leading men.
One of the casting agents said that most agents in town wished there was more than one Statham.
With “Law Abiding Citizen,” Butler is making another movie one easily could see Statham doing.
Conversely, Jamie Foxx has not really been able to parlay his acclaim from “Ray” into much of substance (except, arguably, “Dreamgirls”).
Anyway, the movie’s plot is as follows: After a home invasion, Clyde Shelton (Butler) is told that one of the criminals who killed his wife and daughter would get off due to his cooperation with the district attorney’s office and the other would be put on death row. Shelton seeks revenge, not just against the criminals but the entire justice system; he is quickly captured, but Nick Rice (Foxx), a heroic yet corrupt D.A. who got one of the murderers off, quickly realizes that prison isn’t enough to keep Shelton from killing those who kept the criminals from getting the sentence they deserved.
Directed by F. Gary Gray, “Law Abiding Citizen” is slated to be released on Oct. 16 by Overture Films.