Kevin Bacon in Talks to Villainize Reynolds & Bridges in 'R.I.P.D.'

Friday, 29 July 2011 12:01 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Kevin Bacon in Talks to Villainize Reynolds & Bridges in 'R.I.P.D.'

One of the many pleasant surprises in Matthew Vaughn's prequel X-Men: First Class earlier this summer was Kevin Bacon's turn as arch-villain Sebastian Shaw.  From his first scene as a Nazi scientist, Bacon hits exactly the right tone as a Bond-style baddie who toots around in  swankily-decorated nuclear submarine.  The actor also recently played less-than-loveable figures in Super and this weekend's Crazy, Stupid, Love., so it's not hugely surprising that he's currently in final negotiations to play the bad guy in R.I.P.D., the supernatural action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges.

The news of Bacon's involvement broke exclusively at Variety.  This is good news for the project, as Bacon has been scientifically proven to improve every film in which he's involved.  Empirical evidence of this axiom can be found in Footloose, Mystic River, Frost/Nixon, Flatliners, A Few Good Men, Stir of Echoes, and Apollo 13.

R.I.P.D. is adapted from the Dark Horse comic book by Peter Lenkov, and stars Reynolds as Nick, a murdered cop who finds himself patrolling the afterlife in the Rest In Peace Department, the only semblance of law in the great beyond.  Naturally, he goes looking to find his killer.  Bridges plays his partner, a mustachioed gunslinger who has been dead and perfecting his skills for hundreds of years. 

Zach Galifianakis was briefly attached to co-star as the gunslinging sidekick before bowing out, reportedly due to concerns that Warner Bros would exercise its contractual obligation on Reynolds for an immediate Green Lantern sequel and in doing so wreak havoc on Galifianakis' schedule.  With Green Lantern having thoroughly underperformed, though, R.I.P.D. will get underway shortly with Oscar winner Bridges in the role.

The film is produced by action impresario Neal H. Mortiz and directed by Robert Schwentke, who previously helmed Flightplan, The Time Traveler's Wife, and last year's action-comedy Red. The screenplay is written by the Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, the duo who contributed to Clash of the Titans and Aeon Flux.

R.I.P.D. is currently scheduled for June 28, 2013.

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