‘The Trap’ Replaces Jamie Foxx With Idris Elba, Adds Al Pacino, James Franco and Robert Pattinson
Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine’s next project may have just lost Jamie Foxx, but it also just attracted a bunch of great names. Idris Elba will take Foxx’s role as a gangster rapper in The Trap, which also just added Korine’s Manglehorn co-star Al Pacino, Spring Breakers star James Franco, and Robert Pattinson. Oh, and it also stars Benicio del Toro. What a cast.
According to THR, Foxx has dropped out of the project, but there’s a gigantic silver lining: Idris Elba will take his part, playing a gangster rapper named Rico, who committed a robbery years earlier with his best friend, Slim (Del Toro). Rico is primed to win big on the night of the Grammys, but a recently freed Slim has other plans when he discovers that his old pal has become incredibly successful. Not only that, but Rico married Slim’s old girlfriend and has been raising their son as his own.
Pacino, who recently starred opposite Korine in David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn will play Slim’s parole officer, while Pattinson will play the leader of a gang of gun-toting surfers (what?!) and Franco plays Rico’s coked-out manager (sounds about right).
That sounds like the kind of down and dirty film we’ve come to expect from Korine, but the writer and director maintains that the revenge film is his most serious effort to date. Korine is best known for writing the screenplay for Larry Clarke’s Kids, and directing films like Gummo and Trash Humpers. Spring Breakers is Korine’s most accessible and widely-distributed film thus far, so when the guy says The Trap is his most serious effort, he’s got our full attention — especially with a cast like this one.