It’s been months since we last heard anything about “CHiPs,” but now The Hollywood Reporter has word that Warner Bros. has found a villain for its big-screen adaptation of the 1970s TV series.
Fresh from his turn as Wilson Fisk on Netflix’s “Daredevil,” Vincent D’Onofrio is in talks to play a ruthless ex-cop who leads a ring of exotic car thieves. He’ll join Dax Shepard and Michael Pena as motorcycle officers Jon Baker and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello of the California Highway Patrol.
Shepard is also attached to direct from a script he co-wrote.
Airing for six seasons, from 1977 to 1983, on NBC, “CHiPs” starred Larry Wilcox and Eric Estrada as the motorcycle-riding cops. The original series mixed melodrama and comedy, but the film is said to be more of a straightforward action/buddy-cop story in the vein of “Lethal Weapon.”
D’Onofrio, who starred for 10 seasons on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” will next be seen in “Jurassic World.”
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