Two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey has been cast as the last of the title characters in New Line's murderous workplace comedy "Horrible Bosses," Spacey's representation at CAA has confirmed to TheWrap.
Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis star as three best friends who are so frustrated by their jobs and abusive employers that they decide to kill one another's bosses.
Spacey will play the most horrible boss of all, Harken — a master manipulator with an attractive wife.
Fellow Oscar winner Jamie Foxx co-stars as a creatively-named scam artist who helps plan the murders, while Donald Sutherland has also joined the cast as a nice boss.
New Line and director Seth Gordon ("The King of Kong") clearly had high hopes for the Harken character, as Oscar winners Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jeff Bridges were both pursued for the meaty role along with three-time nominee Tom Cruise.
Spacey is no stranger to playing evil bosses, having played Famous Dr. Evil in "Austin Powers in Goldmember," Lex Luthor in "Superman Returns" and worst of all, scheming studio exec Buddy Ackerman in "Swimming With Sharks."
I haven't really loved a Spacey performance/movie since "American Beauty," so here's hoping that "Horrible Bosses" offers him a memorable comedic character to put his unique spin on. The cast is pretty impressive for a comedy that has been in development for nearly a decade, so that must be a testament to John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein's script, which The Playlist calls a "very funny, enjoyably mean-spirited piece of work."
Spacey recently wrapped George Hickenlooper's "Casino Jack" (which is experiencing some distribution drama) and is currently filming the ensemble Wall Street thriller "Margin Call." He also serves as the artistic director of London's Old Vic Theatre Company.
Production begins July 6 in Los Angeles.