SNL veteran Will Forte and Oscar winner Tim Robbins have signed on to replace Ty Burrell and Dennis Quaid in the cast of “The Switch” reports Deadline.
Based on the Elmore Leonard novel, the story follows two ex-cons (John C. Hawkes and Yasiin Bey) who kidnap and ransom the wife (Aniston) of a crooked real estate developer (Robbins).
Said husband refuses to pay the ransom as he sees it as an opportunity to get rid of his wife. The kidnappers then team up with her to get all of her husband’s money.
Forte will play Marshall Taylor, a married country club member who harbors a crush on the wife and spends most of the film in a moral dilemma after witnessing her kidnapping.
The ex-con characters are the younger versions of those played by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson in Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown”. Despite involving the same characters, this isn’t a ‘Jackie’ prequel.
Dan Schechter directs from a script he adapted and shooting kicks off next month. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Lee Stollman, Michael Siegel and Leonard are producing.