What actor doesn't want to be known as the Rutger Hauer for the 21st Century?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Silent Hill" co-star Sean Bean has signed on to the unnecessary Platinum Dunes remake of the 1986 cult classic "The Hitcher." Bean will take the title role in the thriller, which will be directed by music video vet Dave Meyers.
The original, directed by Robert Harmon, focused on a young man (C. Thomas Howell) who makes the mistake of picking up lunatic (Hauer), who stalks him and kills a variety of people over the course of 100 minutes.
Adapted by Eric Bernt, the remake takes a slightly different approach, making the lone dude into a young couple (Sophia Bush and an actor to be named later) whose cross-country trip is disrupted by Bean's featured murderer.
The final lead role should be cast any second, since production will begin later this month in Texas and New Mexico.
Playing a villainous character will only be a minor stretch for Bean, whose roster of cinematic baddies includes "Don't Say a Word," "National Treasure" and "GoldenEye." On the other hand, he played sympathetic characters in the recent "Silent Hill," "North Country" and "Flightplan," as well as co-starring as the complicated Boromir in various parts of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
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