Deadline dropped some exclusive casting news regarding the upcoming remake of 1974’s Death Wish, produced by MGM and directed by Eli Roth. Kimberly Elise and Camilla Morrone join the cast, along with Vincent D’Onofrio, Bruce Willis, and Elisabeth Shue. The film is currently being filmed in Montreal.
Elise plays Detective Jackson, partner to Detective Raines. Her film credits include John Q, Dope, and For Colored Girls. Next up, she can be seen in Universal’s Almost Christmas directed by David E. Talbert in theaters November 11. Newcomer Morrone will play Jordan, the daughter of Paul and Lucy (Willis and Shue). She recently got her start in James Franco’s indie film Bukowski.
Bruce Willis plays Paul kersey, “a surgeon who goes on a mission for justice after an attack on his family leaves his wife dead and his daughter comatose”. Shue plays the unlucky wife.
Roth came on the project last June. At the time, Deadline reported:
Roth takes the job after the exit early last month of Big Bad Wolves helmers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, who left over creative differences when they wanted changes in a script Willis had signed off on; the studios didn’t want to go in that direction on what they hope will be a down-the-middle franchise launch.
In the original Death Wish, starring Charles Bronson: Once a mild-mannered liberal, New York City architect Paul Kersey snaps when intruders break into his home, murdering his wife and violently raping his daughter. A business trip to Tucson, Ariz., lands him a gift from a client, a revolver he uses to patrol the streets when he returns home. Frustrated that the police cannot find the intruders, he becomes a vigilante, gunning down any criminal that crosses his path. The public finds this vigilantism heroic.