This sounds like a film to look out for. We got a promo poster for The Iceman back in the summer, when Michael Shannon, James Franco, and Benicio del Toro were attached in the leads.
Unfortunately, Franco and del Toro have since had to exit the project, but word now comes via Variety that David Schwimmer is entering the foray in an unusually dark dramatic role for him.
The Iceman is based on a true story, adapted from Anthony Bruno’s book, The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer. Shannon is joined by the likes of the brilliant Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ray Liotta, and now Schwimmer too. Most recently seen in Machine Gun Preacher alongside Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan, and next leading Take Shelter (due out on 25th November), Shannon will star as,
“Richard Kuklinski, a family man by day and contract killer by night.
Schwimmer is in talks to play Josh Rosenthal, a killer who works for mob boss Roy Demeo (Ray Liotta). Rosenthal looks at Demeo as a father figure and will do almost anything to impress him.
Maggie Gyllenhaal is attached to play Kuklinski’s unknowing wife, while Ryan O’Nan is set to co-star as a young hustler who gets caught up in the protag’s web of murder and deception.”
Ariel Vromen will be helming the project, having co-written the script with his Simple Lies co-writer Morgan Land.
Having spent a decade starring as Ross Geller in Friends, for which he is of course best known, Schwimmer has largely been focusing on his directing career in the years since then, making his feature debut with Run Fatboy Run, led by Simon Pegg, having worked with Pegg on the awesome and undeservedly relatively unknown Big Nothing (if you’ve not seen it, I highly recommend checking it out, it’s a lot of fun).
His role in The Iceman sounds like nothing I’ve seen him do before, and I’m really looking forward to it; I have a feeling he’s going to be brilliant. He’ll next be heard reprising his role of Melman in Madagascar 3 next year, and hopefully it won’t be that much longer after that until we see him in The Iceman. Production is scheduled to start in January, and it couldn’t come sooner. More news on this as we get it; it’s definitely one to keep an eye on.