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Published On: Tue, Feb 15th, 2011

George Clooney rumored to star in remake of ‘Cannonball Run’

Could the Cannonball Run get back? Rumor has it that George Clooney will be filling the shoes of Burt Reynolds to headline a new all-star cast for a remake directed by Guy Ritchie.

The original film was based on an actual cross country race, the “Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash.”

The comedy, which had an all-star cast including Reynolds, Dom DeLuise (as Burt’s Sidekick), Roger Moore, Jackie Chan, Farrah Fawcett, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. was a massive hit on its release, grossing $72 million.

It followed a group of ragtag outlaws as they raced their way across the United States.

Now BadassDigest.com reports: “Guy Ritchie might be directing a remake of the ross country car race film Cannonball Run, starting this fall. And he wants George Clooney to play the Burt Reynolds part.”

and

” I heard from an agency source that this was happening, but I checked with a source close to the Guy Ritchie camp and was told this was the first they heard of it. The idea of casting Clooney in the Burt role is both too obvious and makes this seem like a false rumor but also too obvious and makes this seem like something that would be in the planning stages right now at a major studio.”

 

 

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