'Friends' star in talks to play mob hitman
Ariel Vromen is directing the film, which stars Michael Shannon as Richard Kuklinski, a family man by day and contract killer by night. Schwimmer is in talks to play Josh Rosenthal, a killer who works for mob boss Roy Demeo (Ray Liotta). Rosenthal looks at Demeo as a father figure and will do almost anything to impress him. Maggie Gyllenhaal is attached to play Kuklinski’s unknowing wife, while Ryan O’Nan is set to co-star as a young hustler who gets caught up in the protag’s web of murder and deception. Vromen and Morgan Land co-wrote the script based on Anthony Bruno’s book “The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer,” as well as interview footage. Production is skedded to start in January in Louisiana. While Schwimmer will reprise the voice of Melman in DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar 3,” thesp has spent the past several years focusing on his blossoming directing career. He made his helming debut with 2007’s Simon Pegg starrer “Run, Fatboy, Run” and recently directed the Clive Owen-Catherine Keener thriller “Trust.” Schwimmer’s last live-action feature role was as Kate Beckinsale’s husband in Rod Lurie’s 2008 pic “Nothing but the Truth” Schwimmer is repped by Gersh, Management 360 and attorney Michael Gendler.