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Gerard Butler, the ruggedly handsome actor who made his mark in movies such as “300″ and “Law Abiding Citizen,” took an unexpected turn down the romance/romantic comedy road a few years ago. It was one that garnered very little commercial success and left us wondering when he’d get away from cupcake comedies and focus on expansion as an actor instead of expanding his resume.
As much fun as it was to watch Gerard play a deeply wounded, covering- it-up-with-jackass-behavior-toward-women role in “The Ugly Truth,” an outwitting ex in “The Bounty Hunter,” and heart-wrenching lost love in “P.S. I Love You,” it’s been a while since we’ve seen him in a stand-out role. True, he hasn’t been entirely absent from tough guy movies as he has two new films set to be released soon: “Coriolanus” and “Machine Gun Preacher.” But the bittersweet aftertaste of his romance romps lingers on the palette.
Relief, however, is on the way. Gerard Butler is taking a new action role in “The Bricklayer,” a movie based on a novel by Noah Boyd. He will play Steve Veil, the renegade ex-FBI agent who is summoned back to the bureau for his ability to completely ignore the rules.
The FBI is on the hunt for a criminal group that is killing high-profile people. Beckoning the Bureau with ransom demands, the illusive elusive group sets the agents on a course that not even the best can overcome. With no other course of action to follow, the Bureau turns to the best rule breaker they know: a former FBI agent dismissed for insubordination. Since leaving the FBI, Steve Veil sought out an existence as a bricklayer, but his is the only mind that can match that of the murderers and beat them at their own game.
The action-packed script is currently slated to be written by Hanna Weg (“The Beautiful and the Damned”), and should prove to be a delicious role for Butler to infuse with that sultry presence that leaves an indelible mark in his films. Welcome back, Gerard.