Will Forte and Tim Robbins will replace Ty Burrell and Dennis Quaid in The Switch, the prequel to Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, which will be directed by Dan Schechter. The cast already includes John Hawkes, Yaslin Bey, Jennifer Aniston and Isla Fisher.
In Schechter’s adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s 1978 crime novel of the same name, Hawkes and Bey play younger versions of Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson’s characters in Jackie Brown. The film is set 15 years before then, and follows the criminal career of Louis Gara (Hawke) and Ordell Robbie (Bey) as they team up to kidnap Mickey Dawson (Aniston), the wife of a corrupt real estate developer (Robbins). When the husband refuses to pay the ransom for his wife’s return, the ex-cons are forced to reconceive their plan, and the angry housewife uses them to get her revenge.
Forte will play Marshall Taylor, a married country club member who swoons over Dawson and spends most of the film conflicted over her kidnapping.
Fisher will play Melanie, a role which was originated by Bridget Fonda.
Robbins recently appeared in the International pic Back to 1942, with Adrien Brody. He’s also scheduled to star in and direct Man Under, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz. Forte appeared in a lot of comedies in 2012, including That’s My Boy, The Watch, Rock of Ages and Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. He’ll appear in another comedy this year, Grown Ups 2, but will also be stepping into some dramatic territory as the son of an alcoholic in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska.
Production for The Switch is starting very soon, but a release date has yet to be announced.