Lucas Till has been acting steadily since 2003, playing young Johnny Cash in Walk the Line and nabbing a part in Hannah Montana: The Movie back in 2009. But he broke out last summer by playing Alex Summers (and Havok) in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. Now Till is parlaying that exposure into bigger roles.
Variety says Till is about to join the espionage thriller Paranoia, which would cast him opposite The Hunger Games heartthrob Liam Hemsworth. As we reported earlier, Paranoia follows a war between rival telecom companies. Robert Luketic (The Ugly Truth, Killers) is on board to direct, and Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman are reportedly circling roles. Till, according to Variety, would play Hemsworth’s friend and co-worker, though the Expendables 2 actor clearly is the picture’s lead.
No offense to either Till or Hemsworth, both of whom appear to be talents on the rise, but I’m far more interested in Paranoia if it manages to get Ford, Oldman or both attached to the script. Luketic might have started his career with the tart and clever Legally Blonde, but Ugly Truth was unwatchable and Killers (with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl) isn’t inspiring much confidence.
We’ll keep you posted on Paranoia as it adds cast members. In the meantime, look for Till in a series of roles. He filmed Chan-wook Park’s horror-thriller Stokerwith Nicole Kidman for Fox Searchlight. He has Crush in the can for Intrepid Films. And he’s expected to reunite with his X-Men castmates for the anticipated sequel at some point next year.