I know, I shouldn't harp on an actor's old role, and I should pay attention to the work in-between then and now, but I just can't seem to do that with Jesse Bradford. The years keep adding up, and no matter what role he takes on, from interesting films like Dancing at the Blue Iguana and Heights, to flicks we could do without, like Clockstoppers and Swimfan, I always see him as Joey Pardella. Who? The ADD, smoke-fiend computer wiz from Hackers. I mean, we've all jumped from those days when Angelina wrote Jonny's name on her wedding shirt in her own blood, to her being a huge actress, adoption addict and ambassador ... Yet I still see Jesse like this.

Maybe this will be his ticket to wiping Pardella away -- Bradford has just signed on to star in The Echo, the remake of Sigaw, an acclaimed Filipino thriller that Jessica Barnes posted about last year. The movie stars Bradford as a young ex-con who moves into an old apartment building. His neighbor, a police officer, beats his wife and daughter, so Bradford's character tries to help the women and gets trapped in a curse. Isn't that always the way? You don't mind your business, trying to help someone out, and you land yourself in a messy curse. This time around, Yam Laranas, who co-wrote and directed the original, is going to helm the feature, which was written by Eric Bernt. At the very least, I hope that this does better than Swimfan, which was Bradford's last "dramatic" thriller. The film will start shooting in the late summer in Toronto, and I imagine will hit theaters next year.