James Gandolfini is keeping himself busy in his post-Sopranos career. He'll first appear in Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are as well as an untitled Philip Kaufman film about Ernest Hemingway. But the latest casting announcement, courtesy of Variety, about the intimidating Italian-American is that he'll be playing the mayor of New York City in Tony Scott's remake of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. Sources say:
Gandolfini will plays a politician under incredible pressure to end a crisis when a packed subway car is ransomed by a criminal (John Travolta) and his gang.
Denzel Washington will play the heroic cop out to end things safely. The original film starred Walter Matthau in the lead, with Robert Shaw as the head crook, and Lee Wallace as the mayor.
Last we heard they were having some trouble pulling the film off conceptually. The advances that have been made to personal communication technology in the past thirty years were creating some roadblocks for the writers who needed to believably isolate the train from the rest of the world. Hopefully that's all been sorted out now.