Kevin Bacon Joining Cast of ‘Super’

Screen shot 2009-12-21 at 12.59.12 AMNot many people know director James Gunn by name, but most can pick his work out of a lineup. He’s had a pretty eclectic career behind the camera. He got his start working with the people such as Lloyd Kaufman and his Troma bunch.

From there, Gunn went on to write such films as Scooby-Doo, Dawn of the Dead, and most recently, Slither starring fan favorite Nathan Fillion. Gunn has always had an outspoken love of the superhero and comic book genre, especially with his superhero spoof film The Specials starring Rob Lowe back in 2000.

It looks like Gunn is at it again, with his newest project, Super, starring Rainn Wilson (The Office), as an everyday guy who is thrust into a extraordinary situation. The film is set to star Liv Tyler and Ellen Paige alongside Wilson.

It has now been announced that Kevin Bacon will be joining the cast, playing the super villain to Wilson’s super hero. From Screen Daily:

Bacon will play Jacques, a smooth-talking drug dealer who steals the wife of an average guy played by Wilson, causing the latter to become a one-man crime-fighting force known as The Crimson Bolt.

“Kevin Bacon is one of the few actors nimble enough to give life to Jacques, our supervillain with a nice streak,” director James Gunn said. “We need to love Jacques even while he’s doing horrible things – Kevin is one of the only actors I know who can pull that off.”

Shooting is currently underway in Shreveport, Louisiana through January, with no word just yet on when we can expect to see anything on screen.

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