Gerard Butler, the man meat that lead the “300” into the charge armed only with a leather loin cloth and a six-pack, has become the most in-demand Scottish actor since Ewan McGregor in his hey day.
Along with the “Escape from New York” remake, and yesterday’s announced sci-fi thriller “Game,” Butler has signed on for two more projects which were just announced today through Variety.
First up he will star opposite Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin in Fox Walden kids adventure “Nim’s Island,” based on Wendy Orr’s kids book and set for release next April.
The storyline revolves around a girl (Breslin) who lives on a tropical isle with her father (Butler), a scientist whose boat runs into trouble one day, leaving the girl to fend for herself on the island. She begins emailing the author (Foster) of the book she is reading, and with the author’s help, is able to manage.
Husband-wife directing team Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin are set to begin shooting in late July in Australia from their adapted screenplay.
Butler will film ‘Nim’, then “Game,” and after that comes a leading role in Brian DePalma’s “Untouchables” prequel “Capone Rising” for Paramount. Looks like he’ll play the younger version of Sean Connery’s character from the original. Where ‘Escape’ will fit into his schedule is unsure.