Any movie that features Lake Bell gets an automatic passing grade from me—seriously, you guys, her upcoming romantic comedy Man Up is so wonderful and she’s so charming in it—but Ric Roman Waugh’s Shot Caller isn’t content to just rest on its Bell-shaped laurels. The former stuntman-turned-director of such projects as Felon and Snitch is currently lining up the cast for his new thriller Shot Caller, which makes up for its lack of a super-compelling premise with a Biggie-approved name and a solid cast.
The film is already set to star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (and presumably both his hands) as “a newly released prison gangster who is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California,” and now The Wrap reports that the rest of the cast is coming together quite nicely. Coster-Waldau will be joined in the film by Bell, Omari Hardwick, Jon Bernthal (who has fast become “guy I love to watch freak out on screen the very, very most”), Emory Cohen, Juan Pablo Raba, Evan Jones, and Jeffery Donovan. Now that’s how you do a casting announcement.
Although the premise of Shot Caller does not sound particularly unique, the cast is quite inspiring (who do you think will lead the rival gang? I bet you anything it is Bernthal, and no, that is not just me inflicting my own demands and desires on a film), and should help it along immensely.
Waugh will be directing the film from his own script—as he also did with both Felon and Snitch, and his debut feature In The Shadows—and Shot Caller is set to start shooting in May in New Mexico (that’s not Southern California, but okay).