Hot on the heels of his casting in Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable, Charlie Hunnam is reportedly at the top of the list for the Escape From New York remake. The two other names on the shortlist include Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, The Guest) and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, The Wolf of Wall Street).
I don’t like Hunnam for the role of Snake Plisskin, It just doesn’t sit right with me. I don’t know anything about Dan Stevens but, visually, I don’t think he’s right for the part. Bernthal is the most intriguing name but I still don’t feel he’s got it in him to play the lead in an Escape From New York.
It seems that Silver Pictures has commissioned pre-production artwork featuring Hunnam in Snake’s iconic eye patch.
I personally wish they would leave this one alone, Snake Plisskin is one of the untouchables to me. But I understand the reality that it’s a popular property so they’re going to do their damndest to get something up on the screen to milk some more dollars out of it as soon as possible.
The script for the remake is said to have more of a team dynamic. Starlog reports that the plot synopsis is as follows:
Plissken’s team consists of Mina, a warzone journalist framed for murder and living in the shadows of New York as a scavenger; Cabbie, a schizophrenic travel guide who serves as comic relief; Gareth, the last surviving member of the President’s security detail who harbors a dangerous secret; and The Brain, Plissken’s former partner-in-crime who left him to die after a botched robbery.
One thing to consider is the fact that Hunnam’s dance card is filling up quickly. He’s got both Pacific Rim 2 and The Knights of the Roundtable. Scheduling may provide the biggest obstacle to him playing Snake Plisskin, ultimately.