Jeff Bridges To Play Grizzled, Centuries Deceased Gunslinger in R.I.P.D.

Ok, so R.I.P.D. isn't going to suffer quite as much as I thought it would with the exiting of Zach Galifianakis in one of the lead roles a few weeks back. A replacement has been quickly found and it's the two time Oscar winner and living Hollywood legend Jeff Bridges, who has just entered talks for the Universal film according to Deadline. Suddenly this feels like it could be a huge tentpole. Although not confirmed, we can most definitely presume 'The Dude' is negotiating to play the centuries old gunslinger from the Wild West who teams up with Ryan Reynolds' recently murdered contemporary police officer in the PG-13 supernatural buddy cop movie, based on Peter Lenkov's Dark Horse comic of the same name. Both the gunslinger and the cop are part of R.I.P.D. (Rest In Peace Department) - basically the police department of the dead whose job it is to keep the dangerously deceased quiet. I guess it's a movie that carries the same comedy/action tone as Hellboy or Ghostbusters and it'll be Red director Robert Schwentke's job to make all the genre-bending tones work smoother than he did with that particular uneven movie. Of course we all know Bridges can play grizled gunslingers in his sleep and having picked up yet another Oscar nomination for his performance in True Grit, we can only guess he is to reprise something similar here and I have to say I very much like the idea of a Reynolds/Bridges dichotomy. Rooster Cogburn as part of the undead? Awesome. Filming is set to begin in a couple of weeks in Boston but it very much depends on Ryan Reynolds. WB are desperate to get Green Lantern 2 into development and might call on Reynolds to scrap R.I.P.D. as I mentioned a few weeks back. Bridges meanwhile is ready to go and committed - he only has his new country album to plug this summer so let's hope that if Reynolds is busy, Universal decide to re-cast because the attachment of Bridges is too good to pass up.
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.