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Ving Rhames Joins Cast of "Surrogates" Film
By The Editor

Apr 11, 2008 - 4:32



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SURROGATES Film Adds Cast

The Hollywood Reporter reports today that Ving Rhames, Radha Mitchell, and Rosamund Pike have joined Bruce Willis in the sci-fi thriller "The Surrogates" for Disney.

Jonathan Mostow is directing the film based on the graphic novel by Robert Venditti and artist Brett Weldele for Top Shelf Productions. Michael Ferris and John Brancato -- the writing duo that last teamed with Mostow on Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines -- penned the script. Mandeville Film's David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing along with Max Handelman and Elizabeth Banks.

Ned Vaughn ("Frost/Nixon") was also previously cast in the film, which is set in the future where humans live risk-free lives through robot surrogates that are eternally young, perfect-looking versions of themselves.

Rhames plays a charismatic cult figure who disdains the use of surrogates and tries to lead an uprising against the "new world order."

Mitchell plays the professional partner of Willis' character, a cop that through his surrogate investigates the murders of others' surrogates.

Pike plays his wife.

Production is set to begin in late April on the film, which will be released through Touchstone.

For the full story at THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, just click here:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3i431fdd0c9c1176b34fc51f878ecbea6b

Radha Mitchell, star of Silent Hill, Finding Neverland, Man on Fire, and Pitch Black can be seen here:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0593664/

Rosamund Pike, star of Devil You Know, Fracture, Pride & Prejudice, and The Libertine, can be seen here:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0683253/

Ving Rhames, star of Mission Impossible, Pulp Fiction, and many other films, can be seen here:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000609/

For more information on the graphic novel (cover, sample pages, etc.), click here:
http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog.php?type=34&title=528

THE SURROGATES by Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele
-- $19.95 (US), Diamond Order Code: MAY063435
-- 208-Page, Full-Color Graphic Novel with French Flaps, 6 5/8" x 10 1/8"
-- ISBN 978-1-891830-87-7

"The Best Indie Book of the year. Sci-fi tales are making a comeback and The Surrogates is quietly leading the charge." -- IGN

"An absolutely fascinating piece of work -- heartfelt and thoughtful." -- Fantasy & Science Fiction

"Good science fiction is hard to come by, but Venditti’s blend of technology, crime drama and social commentary makes for the most original sci-fi mythology in years." -- Wizard Magazine

The year is 2054, and life has been reduced to a data feed. The fusing of virtual reality and cybernetics has ushered in the era of the personal surrogate, android substitutes that let users interact with the world without ever leaving their homes. It's a perfect world, and it's up to Detectives Harvey Greer and Pete Ford of the Metro Police Department to keep it that way. But to do so they’ll need to stop a techno-terrorist bent on returning society to a time when people lived their lives instead of merely experiencing them.

In the tradition of William Gibson and Philip K. Dick, The Surrogates is more than just an action story with sci-fi trappings. Applying familiar tropes in unfamiliar ways, The Surrogates is about progress and whether there exists a tipping point at which technological advancement will stop enhancing and start hindering our lives. It is also a commentary on identity, the Western obsession with physical appearance, and the growing trend to use science as a means of providing consumers with beauty on demand.

This volume collects all five issues of the critically-acclaimed comic book miniseries. Packed with bonus content, inside you will find never-before-seen sketches and artwork, as well as commentary from the creative team that brought this breakout story to the page.

THE SURROGATES:
http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog.php?type=34&title=528




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