Elmore Leonard is widely regarded as a master of American crime fiction. The films based on his books might vary in their ability to capture his tone, but there have been great ones like Quentin Tarantino’s take on Rum Punch, better known to film fans as Jackie Brown. What some people might not know, though, is that Rum Punch was something of a sequel to Leonard’s 1978 novel The Switch, which focused on criminals Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie, characters memorably played by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown.
Writer and director Daniel Schechter scored the job of working on The Switch after writing a spec adaptation and sending it to Leonard. Back in February, word spread that John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) would play younger versions of Louis and Ordell. Now, though, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will also include Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid. Ty Burrell also appears.
The story revolves around Ordell and Louis kidnapping Aniston, who plays the wife of an embezzling architect (Quaid). But it turns out that he could care less about getting his wife back. The film is still untitled. Some say it’s because the book shares the same name as a movie Aniston starred in with Jason Bateman in 2010, but there might also be some effort to tie the film into Jackie Brown, titularly speaking.
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