Jason Statham and James Franco star in the first images from Homefront
If you weren’t aware that there was a movie called HOMEFRONT that was written by Sylvester Stallone and that it starred Jason Statham, James Franco and Winona Ryder, then don’t feel bad. We didn’t realize this film existed either until we saw these first images from the film. But it does exist and it was actually based on the novel by Chuck Hogan (who wrote THE TOWN). What’s more, Gary Fleder is directing. Fleder last directed THE EXPRESS, but also did the underrated RUNAWAY JURY as well as THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU’RE DEAD. Along with Jason Statham, James Franco and Winona Ryder, HOMEFRONT stars Kate Bosworth, Vincent D’Onofrio, Mischa Barton, Frank Frillo, Rachel Lefevre and Clancy Brown. The film hits theaters everywhere on November 27th.
The plot to HOMEFRONT feels like something you’ve seen a hundred times before. A retired DEA agent returns to his small hometown, only to find it’s being run by a sleazy bad guy. The sheriff is no help and the town lives in fear, so the DEA agent has to take matters into his own hands. If there’s a redeeming quality to the film, it’s that James Franco will be playing the villain and according to Jason Statham, “he brought an interesting slice to the bad guy role. He’s a great actor and didn’t go down the usual path of being a scary villain. He has the ability to bring out the quirkiness and eerie side to this character”. That sounds like what he did with Alien in SPRING BREAKERS. (Playlist)