After reaching for “Reservoir Dogs” this past weekend for the umpteenth time, we realized that many of our favorite flicks, including “The Departed,” “Narc,” and “Donnie Brasco,” all have one thing in common – a central character leads a double life. Suffice to say, we were pleased to find out that one of our favorite double-agent stories is moving closer to a film adaptation.
News broke this week that screenwriter Rowan Joffe (“The American,” “Brighton Rock“) and director Mike Newell (“Harry Potter,” “Donnie Brasco”) will be collaborating on a film adaptation of Ben MacIntyre’s WWII double-agent book, Agent Zigzag. Agent Zigzag tells the crazy-but-true story of smooth criminal Eddie Chapman, one of the most notorious double agents of WWII, working for both Britain and Germany. Tom Hanks’ production company, Playtone, acquired the film rights back in 2007 with Mark Bomback (“Race to Witch Mountain”) initially working on the script, until he was recently replaced with Joffe. Eddie Chapman’s story has graced screens in the past. Chapman was played by Christopher Plummer in the 1966 film “Triple Cross,” which was loosely based on Chapman’s life.
With the challenge of resurrecting such a larger-than-life character on screen, casting Chapman is obviously critical to the success of the film. Though there have not been any rumors on possible candidates, we’d like to nominate a few actors who we believe can handle playing the schmoozing louse. Josh Hartnett, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or Shia LaBeouf all come to mind. Which young Hollywood actor do you think has the brass balls to pull off playing this role?