Danny Dyer has made no secret of the fact he's made bad movies - though Assassin could turn out to be one of his better efforts.
Danny Dyer has teamed up with noted action movie producers Jonathan Sothcott and J.K Amalou for the hitman thriller Assassin. Sothcott - a ridiculously prolific producer of action flicks - recently worked with Dyer on Vendetta, though there appears to be a heightened buzz surrounding their latest effort.
Described as a "glossy action film", the movie will see Dyer play a professional contract killer who compromises himself when he realizes that his latest victim is the estranged father of the girl he has fallen in love with, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
"JK [Amalou] has written a brilliantly slick script and I cannot wait to start work with him, he's a force of nature of a filmmaker," producer Sothcott said. "I look forward to continuing building the new Danny Dyer brand with Assassin and Vendetta." Shooting on the movie is scheduled to begin in August with the filmmakers aiming to have a promo ready for the American Film Market in the fall.
Sothcott's company has thrived on strong home entertainment sales and has Top Dog, directed by Martin Kemp, lined up for its 2013/2014 slate. The vigilante sequel Vendetta 2: Annihilation is a "large scale" action movie to be directed by Stephen Reynolds.
Dyer - an actor who still commands big numbers thanks to his cult following - recently signed up for a role on Hollyoaks: Later. His latest movie - Run For Your Wife (2013) - still holds a score of 0% on the review aggregating website Rotten Tomatoes. Starring Denise Van Outen, Neil Morrissey and Girls Aloud actress Sarah Harding, the movie was ripped apart by critics to the point that it was almost incomprehensible that any living breathing human being would part with their cash to fund it. Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian wrote in his review, "The trouser-dropping 80s stage farce finally hits the big screen with Danny Dyer, to kill off any remaining British self-respect."
Dyer's previous efforts, 7lives, Catwalk, Age of Heroes, Freerunner, Basement, Pimp, Dead Man Running, Malice in Wonderful and Outlaw courted little acclaim, though it's worth pointing out that the British star has spoken publically of his disinterest in reviews. It's perhaps to Dyer's credit that he's offered so many roles - his movies sell extremely well on DVD and his shtick works well with the laddish action movie market.
Danny Dyer At The London Evening Standard British Film Awards
He has made good movies. Severance was pretty fun. The Business, The Football Factory, Mean Machine and Human Traffic were all entertaining - Assassin could be his best yet.
The Danny Dyer-sneering was fun for a while, though when an actor is so settled into his comfort zone to the point where he literally couldn't give a damn what you think of his movie - then he becomes an easy target. The 48-year-old - who was personally asked by Harold Pinter to be in three of his plays - told the Independent during an interview in April, "I'm not Danny Day-Lewis. I'm Danny Dyer. Daniel Day-Lewis takes a year out between parts to research. F*ck it - I haven't got time. I've got kids to worry about."