In 2014, Michael Caine (Kingsman: The Secret Service) talked about the possibility of retiring. He had already completed Now You See Me 2, opposite Daniel Radcliffe, and in not so many words said he’s done unless a really good script came along.
Here are his exact words when chatting with BBC’s Newsnight, “I have no ambitions now … all I do is, I do films that I really want to do. If I don’t get a script — which I don’t have – that entices me out, I’ll be done in December when I do the last picture, the last script I’ve got.”
Apparently, the forthcoming crime drama King of Thieves was temping enough to get him back for one more run on the big screen.
The film is an adaptation of Vanity Fair editor Mark Seal‘s 2016 article — “How a Ragtag Group of Retirees Pulled Off the Biggest Jewel Heist in British History” — with the screenplay written by Mindhunter creator Joe Penhall and directed by James Marsh (The Theory of Everything).
Seal’s title of his article pretty much sums up the scenario, but we’ll fill it out a bit: a group of former career criminals, since retired, found themselves bored in their later years. Led by Brian Reader (Caine), 76, whose last robbery was 40 years prior, the friends planned one final heist, relying on what they learned from books, films and the internet to execute their $300 million grab.
The police had no idea who they were up against:
Caine is joined by Jim Broadbent, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay, Ray Winstone, Charlie Cox and Paul Whitehouse.
King of Thieves will hit theaters in the U.K. on September 14, with a U.S. date still to come.
And, this won’t be Caine’s last project, in regards his talk of retiring, because he’s already signed on for the fantasy family film Four Kids and It, which is in pre-production.
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