If you were among the few who believed Steven Soderbergh when he claimed to be retiring from filmmaking, prepare for betrayal: The Oscar winner will soon return to the silver screen. It’s been three years since “Side Effect” marked the supposed end of the “Traffic,” “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” and “Solaris” director’s feature-film career, and in that time we were lucky enough to be blessed with his work on Cinemax’s stellar “The Knick.” Out of Cannes comes the news that Soderbergh will next helm “Logan Lucky” with an ensemble cast that includes Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Riley Keough.
Seth MacFarlane is also in talks to join the project, which Michael Shannon had to leave due to a scheduling conflict with the Guillermo del Toro project he’s shooting this fall. The story tells of two brothers who plan a heist during a NASCAR race, presumably to ensure that the populace is too distracted by our national pastime to notice their misdeeds. Gregory Jacobs, Mark Johnson and Reid Carolin are producing “Logan Lucky.”
Keough currently stars on “The Girlfriend Experience,” Starz’s TV adaptation of Soderbergh’s 2009 film, and also appeared alongside Tatum in “Magic Mike” four years ago. “Logan Lucky” is being shopped around at Cannes, where it’s likely to find a buyer.
For more, watch the trailer for “The Knick” season two: