Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Cast Announced for The Town, Based on the Novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan

Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Jon Hamm and Rebecca Hall will be joining director and star Ben Affleck in The Town, an adapation of the 2004 crime novel (of sorts) Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan. The book was optioned in 2006 and has gone through several iterations of screenwriters and directors.

Book synopsis: Four masked men -- thieves, rivals, and friends from the tough streets of Charlestown -- take on a Boston bank at gunpoint. Holding bank manager Claire Keesey (to be played by Rebecca Hall) hostage and cleaning out the vault were simple. But career criminal Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) didn't plan on one thing: falling hard for Claire. When he tracks her down without his mask and gun, their mutual attraction is undeniable. With a tenacious FBI agent (Jon Hamm) following his every move, he imagines a life away from his gritty, dangerous work -- a life centered around Claire. But before that can happen, Doug and his crew learn that there may be a way to rob Boston's venerable baseball stadium, Fenway Park. Risky yet utterly irresistible, it would be the perfect heist to end his criminal career and begin a new life. But, as it turns out, pursuing Claire may be the most dangerous act of all.

The Town begins filming on location in Boston in September and is expected to be released in 2010.

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