Continuing his ’70s revival, Quentin Tarantino has cast Robert Forster — the veteran TV and film actor who played the title characters in the TV crime shows “Nakia” and “Banyon” — to co-star in “Jackie Brown” for Miramax.
Once finalized, the deal calls for Forster to play Max Cherry, the burned-out bail bondsman who teams with a wayward flight attendant, played by Pam Grier, to evade the Feds and double-cross a band of crooks en route to arms dealer Samuel L. Jackson’s hidden cachet of loot.
Tarantino, who is helming the pic from his own adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel “Rum Punch,” is producing along with partner Lawrence Bender under their A Band Apart production banner.
The role would thrust Forster —often described as sardonic-looking and resembling John Garfield — into the Hollywood spotlight after a steady career as a character actor playing cops and hoods in features such as “The Delta Force” and “Original Gangstas,” and in TV movies such as “Goliath Awaits” and “In the Shadow of a Killer.” The thesp began his career in the late ’60s in such films as “Reflections in a Golden Eye” and “The Stalking Moon.”
In addition to Grier and Jackson, Bridget Fonda also has been tapped for a role in the crime drama, which is set to go before the cameras in late May.