Deadline tells us that Paul Dano has joined the cast of “Prisoners.” Hugh Jackman, Melissa Leo, and Jake Gyllenhaal are already set to star with Denis Villeneuve directing a script by Aaron Guzikowski.
“Prisoners” is about “a small-town carpenter (Jackman) whose young daughter and her best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, Keller takes the law into his own hands but runs up against a hot-shot detective (Gyllenhaal) assigned to the case.”
No word on who Dano (or Leo) will play. What do you think, the kidnapper? That’s my guess.
Here’s where it gets intriguing–Deadline says Dano had the choice of this movie or Jon Favreau’s adaptation of the hit musical “Jersey Boys,” but “Prisoners” fit his schedule better. Who would Dano have played in “Jersey Boys?” My guess is Tommy DeVito, the role originated by Christian Hoff. My reasoning? He’s a similar type to Hoff. Do I know if he can sing? No. Would it have mattered whether he could or not? No. It’s Hollywood, not Broadway.
Dano had the indie hit “Ruby Sparks” out this summer, plus the so indie you didn’t see it “For Ellen.” He also was seen in the not at all indie “Looper.” He’s been filming “Twelve Years a Slave” for Steve McQueen.