By: Henry J. Fromage -
After Attack the Block, Edgar Wright protégé Joe Cornish has had no shortage of offers, but he’s taken his time figuring out what to do next. It looks like he’s finally reached a decision- Snow Crash. Based on Neal Stephenson’s Matrix-like sci-fi cyberpunk novel full of tongue-in-cheek humor (the main character’s name is Hiro Protagonist), Snow Crash will be set in a near future world where corporations have taken over and the internet has evolved into a virtual world called the Metaverse. Time Magazine actually included it on a list of best novels in the English language… ever, so Cornish definitely isn’t shying away from a challenge.
At least there’s already a logical choice for the lead role
John Hamm might have a shelf full of Emmys for his dramatic exploits, but he’s long had a nice side career doing comedy, and keeps lining up roles in that arena. In his next such part, he’ll play the nemesis of Larry David for Superbad director Greg Mottola. There aren’t very many more details about the project just yet, but honestly, those three names have already sold me a ticket. Of course, maybe it’s not a comedy at all, but rather a gritty revenge thriller precipitated by Hamm cutting David in line at a coffee shop.
As you should know by now, Larry David won’t stand for that shit
If you didn’t know there was a little Hemsworth running around out there (and you should, because Hunger Games), then you will soon enough. Besides somehow sneaking into the ensemble of Expendables 2, Chris’s little brother Liam will next join Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Amber Heard, and Lucas Till in Paranoia. While that cast and title sounds pretty spy thriller-y, the film involves another flavor of espionage- corporate. Hemsworth will play low-level corporate cog recruited to spy on a rival company by his corrupt CEO, who surprisingly enough isn’t Gary Oldman (he’s the rival CEO, who, I’m going out on a limb here, is probably also corrupt). Nope, if rumors hold it looks like Harrison Ford might finally be playing a true blue bad guy.
Although, from Oldman’s POV, Ford’s always the bad guy