Tommy Lee Jones Joins Luc Besson’s Latest ‘Malavita’
Variety reports that Jones will play an FBI wrangler sent to corral a married couple (Pfeiffer and De Niro) with ties to the mob. The film, based on the novel ‘Badfellas’ by Tonino Benacquista, tells the story of a long-married couple relocated to France for witness protection, but unable to keep themselves out of trouble. Enter Jones’ FBI handler, who presumably gets into all sorts of wacky situations trying to keep the couple on the straight and narrow.
The film is a mix of dark comedy and action, a tone that Besson works very well with, as evidenced by previous films ‘Leon’ and ‘The Fifth Element.’ We’re incredibly stoked to see veterans like Pfeiffer, De Niro, and Jones work with Besson and get themselves into some kick-ass situations.
Besson adapted Benacquista’s novel with ‘Sopranos’ writer Michael Caleo, which makes this project even more interesting and promises some honest-to-goodness mafioso business. Production begins this August with a release scheduled for sometime in 2013. We cannot wait to see the first images from that set.