Luc Besson's 'The Professional' (also known as 'Leon') was released in 1994, and though he made it on the fly while production was delayed on the more time-consuming and costly 'The Fifth Element,' it is widely considered to be the superior film. 'The Professional' stars Jean Reno as a hit man who takes in a 12-year-old girl (Natalie Portman, in her feature debut) when her family is murdered in a police raid. Almost 20 years after the film's release, we take a look back at the cast of this thriller and see what they're up to now.
It is no easier for me to report this than it is for you to hear it, but we're all adults and let's get real: Robert De Niro's name on a film project is now more a red flag of warning than a sign of quality. For every 'Silver Linings Playbook' there's a 'Big Wedding' or 'Righteous Kill' or a slapped-together piece of tone-deaf dross like 'The Family.'
A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob.
Kevin Costner, at one point in his career, was one of the industry’s biggest stars. He excelled as a leading man, and won Oscars for his directorial efforts. Costner never fully disappeared from the scene, though his career arc slowed for a few years. Things, however, are about to get far more busy.
Luc Besson’s dedicated fans would love to see the director get back to his prime for crime thrillers like ‘La Femme Nikita’ or ‘Leon: The Professional.’ Robert De Niro’s supporters likely would love to see him get back to his gangster roots for another film in the mold of ‘Goodfellas’ or ‘Casino.’ One new project could kill two birds with one stone.