So you probably had to read that headline a few times before it sunk in. That's right, the man behind Code Name: The Cleaner
has apparently joined the cast of the gritty crime thriller Night Watch
(no relation to the Russian film of the same name) written by James Ellroy
. Cedric (The Entertainer) Kyles
that he had joined the cast which already includes; Keanu Reeves
, Hugh Laurie
(TVs Dr. House, or as he will always be known to me, Lieutenant George in The Blackadder
) Forrest Whitaker
, Chris Evans
, and Naomie Harris
. Kyles seemed happy at the prospect of doing something other than comedy -- although calling Code Name: The Cleaner
a comedy is still up for debate
-- saying, "I play an informant named Scribbles. There are all these corrupt cops and they getting information from this modern day "Huggy Bear", but it's not comedic. I'm a street guy and I'm on some drugs a little bit. The director said that this would be a great serious role for me."
The story is set in LA and focuses on an alcoholic cop who is framed for the murder of his mentor and considering it's a James Ellroy story, it will be packed with the usual array of corrupt cops and double crosses. David Ayer
is on board to direct and is working from a script he co-wrote with Ellroy. Since the film has already taken some leaps in casting in hiring Reeves as an embittered career detective, should it really be that much of a surprise that Cedric The Entertainer is now along for the ride?