The big screen version of Elmore Leonard‘s “Freaky Deaky” has slowly been moving forward. The project first started picking up steam during TIFF last year when William H. Macy signed to the film. A number of names then followed, rumored to be circling the project (including Sam Rockwell and Hayden Christensen whose reps had told us there were not involved with the film) and earlier this year, we confirmed that Camilla Belle had become attached the project as well. But a new actress seems to have boarded the film.
Over at production company Arclight Films’ website, they now list Sienna Miller as part of the cast. Based on Leonard’s 1988 novel, the Detroit-based narrative features a twisty plot involving Woody and Robin (Macy and Miller) a bomb-making ex-couple with radical politics who reunite for a score worth millions, while a cop with bomb squad experience tries to take them down. And while the crime-and-police milieu is familiar ground for Leonard, the bomb-making plot adds a twist to the author’s usual terrain.
Interestingly, there’s no mention of Belle on the page for the film and inquiries to reps for both actresses were not returned as of press time, so for now, nothing is official. “Freaky Deaky” is listed in pre-production and Charles Matthau—son of Walter Matthau—is set to direct the film. Here’s the official synopsis:
Former radical ROBIN (Sienna Miller) has had it trying to make it as a romance novelist and tracks down her old partner in crime, movie special effects man SKIP for one last score.
Their target: wealthy and alcoholic WOODY (William H Macy), who Robin blames for sending her to prison.
But Robin isn’t the only one after Woody. He’s recently made an enemy of CHRIS, a cop who was suspended for investigating Woody on a shaky “rape” charge. Woody’s nursemaid and former Black Panther DONNELL, who’s been trying to get into Woody’s will, also wants in on the action.
Bringing to life many of Elmore Leonard’s greatest characters and featuring all of his trademark menace, razor sharp dialogue and deadpan humor, FREAKY DEAKY is a funny, sexy and dangerous look at the dark side of the 1970’s that ends just like it begins – with a bang.