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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

It seems that there’s some movement on the sequel to RED, the 2010 action film about retired group of former CIA assassins caught up in a government conspiracy.

According to Screenrant, Catherine Zeta-Jones (The Mask of Zorro) and Byung-hun Lee (from the G.I. Joe movies) have been cast in the sequel, which will follow the retired assassins from the first film on a new adventure where “they use their old-school style to take on a new set of enemies all across Europe.”

First film stars Bruce Willis, (Dame) Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich are back to get their kill on. Mary-Louise Parker, as Willis’ civil servant love interest, will also be back. No word yet on if supporting players Karl Urban and Brian Cox will also be in part 2.

So this is good news. The first RED was a really solid effort that had cool action and a lot of hilarity. It should be interesting to see what Dean Parisot (director of Galaxy Quest) can do with the material, Parisot is stepping in for Robert Schwentke in the director’s chair.

RED 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on August 2, 2013.

Source: Screenrant