Marvel Comics fans dying to see a bespandexed Alec Baldwin engaged in deadly combat with the forces of law and order are in for a disappointment. The former 30 Rock star told Howard Stern that his busy schedule (and impending fatherhood) have (doctor) doomed any chances of him appearing in a superhero movie in the near future. He was offered the gig as the villain in an unspecified comic-book movie and turned it down. From the Huffington Post’s transcript:
“‘I have [been offered a role in a superhero movie], but I won’t mention which one,’ Baldwin said. ‘I don’t want to undo somebody because they hired someone else to do it. But they asked me to play a villain in one of these Marvel Comics movies.’ (For what it’s worth, both X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy have been shooting this summer.) ‘I wasn’t available,’ Baldwin told Stern.”
Baldwin will be available for Cameron Crowe, however; reports indicate he’s close to signing on as a co-star in the next project from the director of Almost Famous. According to First Showing, the film is a reworked version of an old Crowe project called Deep Tiki:
“The original story followed [a] military weapons consultant deployed to a dormant base in Hawaii to supervise the launch of a spy satellite. However, he soon has moments of self-discovery as he reflects on the relationships he left behind.”
Crowe has already recruited Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, and Danny McBride for the film. Add in Baldwin, and that’s a cast so good, it’s practically superheroic. The movie starts shooting in the fall.