It seems that the upcoming sequel RED 2 is really picking up steam with addition of Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins as the film’s villain. Deadline is reporting that director Dean Parisot and the producers of RED 2 want Hopkins to play Edward Bailey, who The Hollywood Reporter describes as “a genius scientist who was locked up in an insane asylum.”
So what could possibly stand in the way of Sir Anthony joining the esteemed company of Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Mary-Louise Parker in Red 2? Well, if you said Thor 2, you’re well ahead of the curve. It seems that Thor 2 and RED 2 have almost exactly the same shooting schedule, so Hopkins’ people are seeing if they can swing a deal where he can do both at (almost) the same time.
If he is able to sign on, Hopkins will join Catherine Zeta-Jones as the second new cast member in the franchise. Bleeding Cool is supposing that Hopkins will play Zeta-Jones’ father, which would be the second time they’ve played father and daughter on screening after The Mask of Zorro.
But what might happen if Hopkins can’t do both? Does being Odin take precedent? It damn well better!
Source: Bleeding Cool