Ryan Kwanten joins John Malkovich in Supercon heist movie

Ryan Kwanten has joined the cast of comedy heist movie Supercon, which also features John Malkovich and Maggie Grace.

Ryan Kwanten has signed on to star in comedy heist movie Supercon alongside John Malkovich and Maggie Grace.

Directed by Zak Knutson and with a script by Andrew Sipes, Supercon follows motley group of television stars and comic book artists who make their living by working fan conventions. In an effort to get their lives back on track, the former pop culture favourites hatch a plan to rob a convention in order to bring justice to a crooked promoter and an overbearing former TV icon. With a premise which sounds like a cross between Ocean's Eleven and Galaxy Quest, there will no doubt be plenty of room for the examination of the Comic-Con culture and the type of celebrities whose fame comes from something they made decades ago in the plot.

According to film website Deadline, True Blood star Ryan plays a charming voice actor who comes up with the plan to steal from the convention, though he mainly gets by on "dumb luck". The role will see the 39-year-old reunited with Taken star Maggie, whom he also teamed with on Rob Cohen's action thriller Category 5. The cast also features The Hangover's Mike Epps, Chef's Russell Peters and Warcraft actor Clancy Brown. Though John, 62, is the easily the biggest name in the cast, his character has yet to be specified, causing rumours to swirl that he is likely to play the former TV icon in the flick. The industry veteran previously ventured into comic book territory with the RED franchise, and was once being lined up to play Vulture in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 before the project was abandoned, with the decision made to instead reboot the franchise with Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man.

Production of Supercon is currently underway in New Orleans, with the film slated for release sometime next year (17).

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