March 26th, 2015 / 30 Comments


Note:  Updates added to end of post

Al “FREAKIN” Pacino.  I’ve had a sketchy start this morning and I sent an email to the girls saying “Rob please give me something to smile about”. Wish granted.   According to The Hollywood Reporter:

“Focus Features is in final talks to to prebuy U.S. rights to Harmony Korine‘s The Trap, a revenge tale set against the backdrop of the Miami music scene starring Idris Elba as a gangster rap artist and Benicio Del Toro as his best friend who took the fall for a robbery the duo committed years earlier.

Elba is attached to replace Jamie Foxx, with Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson and James Franco also in final talks to join the cast (Del Toro was announced last year). …”

Franco again, this is okay if Rob’s in a movie with Al and Benecio.

Vertigo can you believe it.

More info about Rob’s role:

From The Film Stage:

“In The Trap, written by Korine, Rico (Elba) is at the top of his career and about to enjoy a triumphant night at the Grammy Awards when Slim (Del Toro) is released from prison after 14 years. Slim is determined to exact revenge after learning that Rico not only achieved fame and fortune but also married his girlfriend and raised Slim’s son as his own. Slim’s plot includes recruiting a crew of Uzi-weilding surfers led by Max (Pattinson), as well as enlisting the help of Rico’s cocaine-happy manager (Franco). Pacino will play Slim’s parole officer.”

From The Wrap:

“Set against the backdrop of the Miami music scene, “The Trap” finds Del Toro playing an ex-con out for revenge against a gangster rapper and former friend (Elba) who let him take the fall for a robbery they committed 14 years earlier.

Franco will play Elba’s drug-addled manager, while Pacino will play Del Toro’s parole officer. Pattinson will play a surfer who helps Del Toro exact revenge.”

From ScreenCrush:

“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).”

From Collider:

“Elba will play a gangster rap artist named Rico who is at the top of his career when Slim (Del Toro), his best friend who took the fall for him for a robbery, is released from prison after 14 years. Now on the outside, Slim is determined to exact revenge on his adversary, who not only achieved fame and fortune but also married Slim’s ex-girlfriend and has raised Slim’s son as his own.

If the notion of Elba playing a gangster rap artist isn’t enticing enough, wait until you hear who these new additions are playing. Pattinson is set as an Uzi-wielding surfer enlisted by Slim to help get back at Rico, Franco will take on the role of Rico’s cocaine-happy manager, and Pacino will be playing Slim’s parole officer. Give me this movie now, please.” [Maria:  Ded]


The Trap, set deep in the Miami music scene, finds Benicio Del Toro playing Rico, a man who has been in prison for 14 years, simmering with resentment against the rapper and former friend Slim (Elba) who let him take the fall. Upon his release, he recruits a surfer (Pattinson) to help him get revenge.

Franco, who played Alien for Korine in Breakers, will here by Elba’s drug-addled manager while Pacino is on board as Del Toro’s parole officer. Korine should be gearing up to shoot soon. ”

The Playlist:

““The Trap” is set in Miami’s music scene and is a revenge and crime tale set within that milieu. Elba will play a gangster rapper and Del Toro will play his best friend. THR says in “The Trap” Elba’s characters “ is at the top of his career and about to enjoy a triumphant night at the Grammy Awards when Slim (Del Toro) is released from prison after 14 years. Slim is determined to exact revenge after learning that Rico not only achieved fame and fortune but also married his girlfriend and raised Slim’s son as his own.” Del Toro’s uzi-wielding crew also features Pattison and Franco who sound like typical Korine character freaks. Pacino will play Del Toro’s parole officer.

Korine has recently said the film will loosely incorporate elements of the electro-rap music genre popularized by Gucci Mane. “You could almost say there’s some type of Florida trilogy going on,” he said, in reference to “Spring Breakers” and… perhaps another film in the works?”

Adding some reactions to news  of potential cast:

Rope of Silicon:

“That is cast you get interested in no matter who the filmmaker is. I hope Korine gives them a little more to play with than the one note degenerates he has been writing for years. If that doesn’t happen, I think these actors are good enough to add something to the material. This is probably the first time I will be mildly interested in, if not really looking forward to, a Harmony Korine film. So, that is something.”

Shadow and Act (Indiewire)

“About “The Trap,” Korine said, a year ago: “I’m really just going to go for it. It’s some next level shit. It’s a revenge movie, sprawling, very intense… I don’t want to give away too much, but we’re probably going to start shooting in Miami after the New Year.”

Given the names involved, and Korine’s own reputation, this is something to watch for likely in 2016.”

Bustle (via Suze)

“While not everyone is a fan of Korine’s aesthetic — as indicated by Spring Breakers’ middling 65% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes — it’d be tough to discredit him as someone playing fervently against the tide of contemporary Hollywood. Every single one of Korine’s features and short films is steeped in the sort of twisted, mind-bending chaos that even the most ambitious of standard studio produced movies couldn’t hope to achieve. And, if nothing else, there is value in the persistent production of something so very different.

This is what makes The Trap such a particularly exciting venture for Korine. Yes, he has worked with big name stars before — notably Franco, Gomez, and Hudgens in Spring Breakers and Val Kilmer in the anthology film The Fourth Dimension but The Trap marks Korine’s first A-lister lineup.  [My emphasis]

… Pattinson (a teen movie heartthrob and box office majesty, seeping gradually into more sophisticated genre cinema like Cosmopolis and The Rover), and Pacino (a veteran and industry kingpin whose any project would garner paramount attention), each to work quite against the “type” established by years of success in his own racket.

While Pattinson has tampered in the odd and the dark, such as in David Cronenberg’sCosmopolis and David Michôd’s The Rover, the young actor has quite a storm to brave before the Twilight image isn’t the thing most people know him for. Lauded for his work in both of the aforementioned movies, Pattinson’s turn for the severely twisted as a denizen of Korine’s Miami might in fact be the most promising of these recently announced roles. Those who saw Cosmopolis know he can play offset and menacing. Those who saw The Rover know he can play eerie and mentally askew. But the fun of it all: most people didn’t see those films, but did only see Pattinson’s Twilight pictures. If TwiHards flock to The Trap the way Disney Channel junkies flocked to Spring Breakers, expectations will be thrown for a worldview-tearing loop.”

All info available at our film page for “The Trap

  • Michelle
    Posted on March 25, 2015

    *cartwheels through RPAU* wish granted is for sure Maria. This is the news we LOVE to hear 😀

  • Jules
    Posted on March 25, 2015

    *cartwheels through the internet*!!!! Holy freaking sh*t!!!!!! Sounds freaking incredible!! Everything crossed for this, everything 😁 wow!! Go Rob go 🙌🙌🙌🙌👏👏👏👏

    Thanks Maria, made my week!! 😁

  • vertigo
    Posted on March 25, 2015


    Please powers that be – please make this happen.

    I can’t breathe!!

  • Barbara
    Posted on March 25, 2015

    Spinning like a top with joy . Idris Elba Al Pacino Robert Pattinson.?? I am about to pass out, I need the oxygen mask the thought of Rob and Idris and Al oh my lord on the big screen thankyou sweet Maria for this early Easter

  • Maria
    Posted on March 25, 2015

    and Rob plays the leader of a group of gun-totting surfers @Barbara. See when something gets taken away, you get something better in return.

  • Michelle
    Posted on March 25, 2015

    OMG, the leader of a gang of gun-toting surfers!!!!!! The news just gets better & better 😀 I have everything crossed tight!!!!

  • Cindy
    Posted on March 25, 2015

    An uzi wielding surfer YES PLEASE have to brush up on some surfer lingo 😂

  • Maria
    Posted on March 25, 2015


  • sue
    Posted on March 25, 2015

    Sorry. Did someone say “the leader of a gang of gun-toting surfers”?????

    Might be time for a shirtless Rob post …… you know, just to get us in the mood ……. add in a gun or two, if you like …….

    Oh, and hello Blondie *Fav Pic of the Day*

  • d
    Posted on March 25, 2015

    Great, a remake of “point break” w/ Patrick Swazee and Kanau Reeves. Great film. Sure it’s not exactly the same with these awesome actors!

  • Maria
    Posted on March 25, 2015

    @Sue you forgot “UZI”

    Can’t wait for Trish and Carmel’s reactions. Oh and Silvie – this should more than make up for yesterday’s news.

  • Maria
    Posted on March 25, 2015

    That’s funny @d I thought of Swayze in Point Break as well except they were bank robbers. They are more than welcome to come film the surf at any of our Aussie beaches. Rob in a wet suit, unzipped … carrying a surfboard *is it hot in here*

  • Jules
    Posted on March 25, 2015

    @maria well there goes my day!! I know what I’m going to be thinking about instead of working LOL 😍😍😍😍💓💓💓💓

    Thanks so much for the updates, so bloody EXCITING!! 🙌🙌😁😁

  • Carmel
    Posted on March 25, 2015

    Oh My Freakin’ God!!! OH MY FREAKIN GOD!!!

    Al Pacino – Benicio Del Toro. OH MY FREAKIN GOD!!!

    Did you say Rob is going to play an Uzi Surfer gangster? OH .MY. FREAKIN. GOD!!!

    I was still hurting over Idol and Bob. Al might be the only person on the planet that could make that go away. I seriously can’t believe this.

  • Carmel
    Posted on March 25, 2015

    I can see on the tweeting sidebar Rob’s name will be Max. I love that name. I love everything about The Trap already and I’ve only known about it for 10 minutes!

  • Maria
    Posted on March 25, 2015

    @Carmel I just updated the post with Rob’s character name – I put it first and bolded so people can realise it’s new. And yes you wrapped it up nicely about Rob’s role. ITA Pacino would be the only man that could wipe away the pain of no De Niro. But imagine if IE comes back around and then we get Rob with De Niro and Pacino. Wait wait – the only person who would wipe away the pain is actually Rob with Jack Nicholson …. IMAGINE Rob giggling like a schoolgirl during promo.

  • Sue
    Posted on March 25, 2015

    @Maria. I need to come clean. I had to Google UZI …… right after I googled Idris Elba …… I know, I know, I’m hanging my head in shame………

    On the bright side, I know EXACTLY who Al FREAKIN’ Pacino is. Does that count for anything? *crawling back under my rock now*

  • Carmel
    Posted on March 25, 2015

    @Maria- I would do almost anything to be a fly on the wall if Rob worked with Jack.
    I just re-read Cuckoo’s Nest and there was not another person on the planet who could have been cast as McMurphy.
    Omg. Promo Rob and Jack. Ray Bans and sly looks. What a combination that would be!

  • Trish
    Posted on March 26, 2015

    Sorry to disappoint you, Maria, but I’m going to keep this low-key. In fact, I hardly dare breathe in case it all goes away in a puff of smoke. I will maintain an air of calm optimism, however. And being that Rob is the consummate professional, he ought to begin some serious research into surfing habits and the general lifestyle of people who do this. Of course, Australia is the natural choice for such research – we have a plethora of wonderful beaches with fantastic surf conditions, and what better place to strip off, chuck on a pair of boardies, hang ten with the rest of the grommets and… oh, I’m beginning to babble again, aren’t I…? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!!!! PACINO????!!!!!!

  • Maria
    Posted on March 26, 2015

    LMAO @Trish you never disappoint.

  • Maria
    Posted on March 26, 2015

    @Sue Idris Elba was in Pacific Rim with Charlie Hunnam! Six degrees of separation and all that until of course we have Rob and Charlie together in LCOZ. And unfortunately my penchant for violent films makes me know exactly what an uzi is ha!

  • Barbara
    Posted on March 26, 2015

    @Sue. You had to Google IE???? Idris just listening to him as well as looking at him has me looking for the ice bucket, and the delicious vision of him along with Rob on the big screen is just wonderful.btw check out “The Graham Norton Show” he has been on that,then look for the series he has been in “The Wire’ “Luther” xxx

  • Carmel
    Posted on March 26, 2015

    @Barbara – I’m the same as Sue.. even after googling him I don’t recognize him. His bio goes on forever but aren’t my type of movie. I’m loving the list of UK TV series he has been in though
    Being a Rob fan is a constant education. Looks like Sue and I will learn a little about Idris

  • Barbara
    Posted on March 26, 2015

    @Carmel. try and grab the “Luther ” series. it is fabulous, and if you can “The Wire” you will be hooked on Idris. He is such good fun as well I loved seeing him on the GN show. We are in for a rise in our temperature when “The Trap” is released I suspect paramedics will be on duty, there will be so much beauty on the screen. I remember when Rob was here for “The Rover” premiere a friends daughter was lucky enough to attend, she said he was so nice to everyone as he signed their pictures, and when it was her turn she was struck dumb when he said hello, she said he looked directly at her and his eyes and that smile were dazzling. I don’t think she will ever forget it.

  • sue
    Posted on March 26, 2015

    LOL @Barbara, it’s true …… and the likes of Carmel & I wouldn’t look so bad if it wasn’t for the likes of bloody Maria who knows every man-and-his-dog in the entertainment world!!!!! haha, which is why we love it here ~ we get Maria’s wisdom then can pass it off as our very own in future conversations! You should hear some of the conversations I’ve had with friends over the years …… all with newly acquired RPAU knowledge! Thanks for the tip re Graham Norton. I love that show, so I’ve probably even seen the one with Idris on it, and just not remembered his name….I’ll google in on the weekend.

    @Maria. See, not even being in Pacific Rim helped me. I tend to have a very singular focus when I watch certain movies LOL It often amazes me that I STILL can’t remember who played Tiggy in SOA ….. and I LOVED that character! Off to google that (again) RIGHT NOW …….

  • Sue
    Posted on March 26, 2015

    Kim Coates. Kim Coates. Kim Coates. Shit, how embarrassing……. *sorry Tiggy. Blame Jax*

  • Maria
    Posted on March 27, 2015

    LOL @Sue

  • Julie- Sydney Robfan
    Posted on March 27, 2015

    As much as I am not excited about the storyline, I am excited to see Rob carrying around an Uzi, and a surfboard. 😉😉😉

  • Carmel
    Posted on March 28, 2015

    @Barabra – Thanks for the recommendations. 🙂

    @SydneyRobFan – There is no way he is going to manage those two objects at once

  • Sanguine
    Posted on April 01, 2015

    O.M.G. Shirtless, water dripping, sun-tanned surfer dude. *thud*

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