Vince Vaughn to Start a Brawl in ‘Cell 99’


by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Vince Vaughn started his career off strong, doing a bunch of comedies with his “Frat Pack” brethren and tearing up box offices worldwide. But lately the actor hasn’t been tickling the funny bones of his audiences like he used to. This is causing him to turn to other genres to flex his acting muscles.

And while he’s no stranger to dramatic work I’d never think of him as an action star. But Bone Tomahawk director S. Craig Zahler seems to think otherwise as he’s tapped Vaughn to star in his next film, Brawl In Cell 99.

The Hollywood Reporter got the drop on Vaughn’s casting. Word is that production will begin on the film later on this summer. The website had the following description for the film:

Zahler’s script centers on a former boxer (Vaughn) whose life is crumbling: He loses his job as an auto mechanic and his troubled marriage is about to expire. At this crossroads in his life, he feels that he has no better option than to work for an old buddy as a drug courier. This vocation improves his situation until the day he finds himself in a gunfight between a group of police officers and his own ruthless allies. When the smoke clears, the man finds himself in prison in a no-win situation as his enemies force him to commit acts of violence that turn the place into a savage battleground.

Back in the day I couldn’t see the funnyman in this type of film. But I can believe the Vince Vaughn of now as some down-on-his-luck boxer stuck in prison having to do violent things to get by. He can pull off that aged and beaten up look that says he’s seen some things and done some stuff.

While it wasn’t a huge commercial success, Zahler’s first film Bone Tomahawk found an audience and has had great word-of-mouth. A violent prison movie sounds like a decent follow-up to his cannibalistic Western.

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