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Rosamund Pike and Sam Neill Join ‘Long Way Down’

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If you like Rosamund Pike, you’ll also like today’s casting news. The actress, along with Aussie co-star Sam Neill, just signed on for the adaptation of Long Way Down.

You’ve heard of Man on a Ledge, but what do you think about four strangers on a ledge? That’s what happens in this story about four lonely souls who collide on New Year’s Eve atop a London city skyscraper, each intending to leap to his or her doom! What are the odds? Instead of committing suicide, all four form a pact to support each other. This sounds like a morbid version of AA, no?

French filmmaker Pascal Chaumeil will direct A Long Way Down as his English-language debut. That title sounds really funny now that we know what the film is all about.

I have to say, the premise and the cast have me pretty excited about this one. Pike and Neill join Pierce Brosnan (Can I get a woo woo?) Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots. The original work was the dark comedy and best seller of the same name by Nick Hornby. Filming just began in Europe.

One of the four folks down on their luck is an American. You can bet actor Aaron Paul will take this role. Paul and his blue eyes should be recognizable, as he’s Jesse Pinkman in the addictive AMC series Breaking Bad. For many, this will be another cause for excitement!

My favorite film based upon a Nick Hornby novel is About a Boy. He penned the screenplay for the noted picture An Education, starring Carey Mulligan. Speaking of which, Rosamund Pike does appear in that film, too. His last novel, circa 2009, is called Juliet, Naked.

Pike’s recent work includes shooting the Christopher McQuarrie directed thriller, Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, and work on the Edgar Wright directed film, The World’s End. The Jack Reacher film was based on the novel One Shot by Lee Child. The film debuts in December. The World’s End is also an adaptation and it must be funny because in it Pike co-stars with funny men Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Oh dear. In fact, she will re-team with Pegg on a project called Hector and the Search for Happiness. That’ll be interesting because thus far in her career, I prefer Pike in serious roles. My favorite Pike film is still Fracture, with Ryan Gosling.

The former Bond girl rocked her blonde tresses on the set of Wrath of the Titans, which is currently on Blu-Ray and DVD. I hated the initial re-make, but surprisingly, the action sequel was pretty darn entertaining. Never mind that Pike plays Andromeda in Wrath, a part acted by another actress in the Clash of the Titans remake. As if we wouldn’t notice.

As for Sam Neill, you may have caught him in The Vow and in the J.J. Abrams series, Alcatraz. He did a great job even in his small role in The Hunter opposite Willem Dafoe.

A Long Way Down will be produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey via Wildgaze Films.