(Written for BritScene)
Scottish actor Gerard Butler is replacing Eric Bana in the upcoming thriller, Brilliant, it has been reported this week. Directed by Robert Luketic (Killers) and penned by Gillian Gorfil and Elizabeth Shorten, the story centers on a small-time criminal who teams with a female thief to pull off the biggest diamond heist of all time.
Bana, who was first attached to the role back in September 2011, had recently bowed out to now appear opposite Rebecca Hall (The Town) in John Crowley’s untitled thriller. Cameron Diaz will portray Butler’s female accomplice, but producers are now looking for the female lead.
Gerard will be reuniting with director Luketic for the first time since the 2009 romantic comedy The Ugly Truth. Last seen alongside side Ralph Fiennes in Shakespeare’s tragedy Coriolanus and in Marc Foster‘s Machine Gun Preacher, the 300 actor has recently completed filming for the biographical film Of Men and Mavericks and the romantic sports comedy Playing the Field, and is now also set to star in Antoine Fuqua’s Hunter Killer, the 3D motion-capture war movie Thunder Run, and a fact-based mercenary pic for director Ridley Scott.
What a busy man for someone just out of rehab. But now all is back in order we can look forward to seeing a lot of the actor over the next couple of years.