Hot Choice: He’s actually been Darabont’s top choice for years. Consider it – they’ve worked together before (on The Green Mile), Hanks has a more than proven track record and there isn’t a studio executive alive who wouldn’t greenlight a movie with him in the lead.
He’s charming, but has shown other sides to himself. And Montag would be among his most challenging roles, offering him the chance to really show some range again.
Cold Comfort: Sadly, while Darabont has been trying to work something out with him for ages, Hanks just doesn’t seem to be biting.
He must’ve read more than one draft of the script by now and if he isn’t committed, there’s surely a reason. Hanks is a canny businessman/ producer and something is holding him back from agreeing to make the movie.
Could it be a problem with the director’s recent work? Or even something as simple as timing issues? After all, Hanks is in high demand.
Finally, there’s the money. Would he ditch his hefty (albeit well-earned) fee to work with his old Green Mile mucker? Maybe…
Next: Stephen Moyer