by: Sammy Mink
Rumor has it that Charlie Hunnam, Jon Bernthal and Dan Stevens are all in the running to star in the remake of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. Based on teh 1981 film of the same name, the remake centers on a convict who is sent to Manhattan Island, which has been turned into a maximum security prison, and is tasked with rescuing the president. Joel Silver is producing under his Silver Pictures banner along with Andrew Rona and StudioCanal. Apparently, Hunnam is the top choice to play Snake Plissken.
Hunnam is known for playing Jax Teller on the FX series “Sons of Anarchy” but has also appeared in features like “Cold Mountain,” “Children of Men,” and “Pacific Rim.” Judging by his past work, this project would definitely fit right in his wheelhouse. Among his next projects, Hunnam will star in Guillermo del Toro’s horror flick “Crimson Peak” alongside Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain.
Bernthal is likewise known for his time on television, starring in AMC’s “The Walking Dead” as Shane Walsh before going on to play Joe Teague on “Mob City.” On the silver screen, Bernthal has appeared in “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and “Grudge Match.” His upcoming projects are in the same vein and include “Fury” with Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf, as well as “Sicario,” a crime drama helmed by Denis Villeneuve.
For the final star floating around the rumor mill, Stevens made a name for himself as the charming Matthew Crawley on “Downton Abbey” before shedding pounds and cutting his hair and making the jump to features. He appeared in “The Fifth Estate” and currently stars in thriller “The Guest,” which is set to be released next month. Next up, Stevens is set to star in “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” and dramedy “The Cobbler” with Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman.