CATEGORIES Movies, Cinematical
When Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to the 'The Hurt Locker' was announced, there was no question of whether it would be something to keep an eye out for, but there was a question of whether it would get more play and hit more screens than the modestly released Oscar winner. 'Locker' was one of those features that came out of nowhere for a lot of viewers, wiping the Academy floor with everything, including ex-husband James Cameron's* mega-opus, 'Avatar.'

But now there's a name circling the project that should give it more notoriety, and maybe enough star power to get the buzz whipped up well before Oscar season. As she preps 'Sleeping Dogs' (previously called 'Triple Frontier'), word has hit that Tom Hanks is interested in the production.

According to The Hollywood Reporter's Head Vision, Hanks is looking at playing one of the five leading roles in Paramount's "high-stakes ensemble project." The film will once again head to foreign territory, but this time it's the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, where the Parana and Igazu rivers meet. The area is ripe with organized crime, and the film will focus on "five men of various ages working in the zone."

Since the project was heated by Bigelow's Oscar success, a myriad of names have circled it, namely younger It names like Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale and the man she made a star, Jeremy Renner. Considering the array of ages, any of these actors can still be contenders, and we still have to wait for Hanks to sign on the dotted line -- though let's hope he does, since it's been a long time since he's nabbed a really juicy role.

For now it's certain that Bigelow not only wants to focus on the rougher stories that have always intrigued her, but also male-centric pieces. (There was 'The Weight of Water' in 2000, but it's been 21 years since she offered up Jamie Lee Curtis and 'Blue Steel.') It's a fair interest. In a world where many male directors offer up stale romcoms, we need someone out there to show that the genre switch works both ways.

It's not exactly easy to fantasy cast a film when we don't know the character specifics, but if you had to cast a multi-aged ensemble with four other men alongside Hanks, who would you choose?

*Post corrected.