After working with producer Scott Rudin on numerous Wes Anderson movies, Bill Murray is in talks to join the new Cameron Crowe movie that Rudin is currently producing in Hawaii, an individual familiar with the untitled Sony project has told TheWrap.
Sony did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
The romantic comedy stars Bradley Cooper as a defense contractor who’s assigned to oversee the launch of a weapons satellite from Hawaii, where he falls for an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone). With the help of mystical island forces, they team up to scuttle the launch.
Rachel McAdams co-stars alongside Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, Edi Gathegi and Jay Baruchel, who joined the cast last week as Cooper’s step brother. He previously worked with Crowe on “Almost Famous.”
Should a deal make, it would mark the first time writer-director Crowe has worked with Murray, whose role is being kept under wraps.
Sony and Rudin plan to release the movie, which is a revamped version of Crowe’s old script “Deep Tiki,” sometime in 2014.
At age 63, Murray shows no signs of slowing down following a stellar 2012 campaign in which he played FDR in “Hyde Park on Hudson” and co-starred in Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom.” He just reteamed with the quirky auteur again on “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and also wrapped the title role in “St. Vincent de Van Nuys,” which is expected to be an awards contender next year.
Murray will soon be seen alongside George Clooney and Matt Damon in the WWII movie “Monuments Men,” which Sony will release on Dec. 18. He’s represented by attorney David Nochimson of Ziffren, Brittenham.