Per Collider, Jon Hamm is in talks to join Steven Soderbergh‘s latest project, Kill Switch.
Don Cheadle and Sebastian Stan are already on board, and perhaps Soderbergh wants a non-MCU star to get that superhero stink off his movie. One assumes a director like him isn’t exactly enamoured by the Marvel machine.
Written on spec by Ed Solomon (Men In Black), the film is a 1950s crime drama set in Detroit revolving around a trio of criminals who carry out a home invasion, before wondering if they’ve been double-crossed when the job goes sideways.
Hamm is in talks to play a cop on the trio’s trail. Cedric The Entertainer is in talks for the third role in the central trio. Josh Brolin had been eyed to co-star before dropping out due to his commitment to the upcoming Amazon series, Outer Range.
The project doesn’t currently have a home, but is expected to land at HBO Max since Soderbergh recently signed a three year overall deal with the company.
Since finishing up his work on Mad Men, Hamm has gone on to appear in a lot of films by plenty of interesting directors. He had roles in Clint Eastwood‘s Richard Jewell, Drew Goddard‘s Bad Times At The El Royale, and Scott Z. Burns‘ The Report, with the latter being produced by Soderbergh.
He’s also got Top Gun: Maverick lined up for later this year, as well as John Patrick Shanley‘s romantic drama Wild Mountain Thyme, in which he stars alongside Emily Blunt.
Soderbergh has always been able to pull together impressive ensembles, and Kill Switch looks to be the latest. If you want more Soderbergh before this project, his next film, Let Them All Talk starring Meryl Streep, will hit HBO Max at some point this year. They haven’t announced a release date yet, but expect it soon.