One thing that can be said about Jeffrey Dean Morgan is that he's stretching himself out for a number of different roles, rather than just sticking with one and slipping into typecast oblivion. That would've been easy after making many hearts a-flutter over his Denny Duquette in Grey's Anatomy, but since then, he's mixed it up with comedies about Russian Roulette television shows, a couple romcoms, a Supernatural stint, a gang drama, a huge superhero flick, a dark comedy about a how-to assassin video, and now a murder mystery.

The Hollywood Reporter posts that he's going to star with Kirsten Dunst and Ryan Gosling in the upcoming murder mystery of love -- All Good Things. Set in the 1980s, the film focuses on the heir to a real estate dynasty (Gosling), who falls for a young woman (Dunst) from the wrong side of the tracks. But then she disappears, and a "down-and-out" detective played by Morgan discovers clues that might lead to the truth, while "the political stakes get higher and people close to the case end up dead." (Last quote from Variety.)

My brain is going all noir with this project, but I'm trying to reconcile how the flashy world of the '80s will fit into that. Perhaps director Andrew Jarecki (who wrote the script with Marcus Hinchey and Marc Smerlin) will take a cue from the worlds of Bret Easton Ellis, because I could see the mystery getting trumped by the wacky ways of the decade. But as for Morgan, it sounds like spot-on casting to me. He can pull off the gruff man, and has the charm to make you see how he'd be a detective to begin with.

Production begins this month in Connecticut.

Added note: IMDb says that Frank Langella is also part of the cast.
CATEGORIES Casting, Cinematical