Agent Zigzag's Latest Screenwriter

After reaching for "Reservoir Dogs" this past weekend for the umpteenth time, we realized that many of our favorite flicks, including "The Departed," "Narc," and "Donnie Brasco," all have one thing in common – a central character leads a double life. Suffice to say, we were pleased to find out that one of our favorite double-agent stories is moving closer to a film adaptation.

News broke this week that screenwriter Rowan Joffe ("The American," "Brighton Rock") and director Mike Newell ("Harry Potter," "Donnie Brasco") will be collaborating on a film adaptation of Ben MacIntyre’s WWII double-agent book, Agent Zigzag. Agent Zigzag tells the crazy-but-true story of smooth criminal Eddie Chapman, one of the most notorious double agents of WWII, working for both Britain and Germany. Tom Hanks’ production company, Playtone, acquired the film rights back in 2007 with Mark Bomback ("Race to Witch Mountain") initially working on the script, until he was recently replaced with Joffe. Eddie Chapman’s story has graced screens in the past. Chapman was played by Christopher Plummer in the 1966 film "Triple Cross," which was loosely based on Chapman’s life.

With the challenge of resurrecting such a larger-than-life character on screen, casting Chapman is obviously critical to the success of the film. Though there have not been any rumors on possible candidates, we’d like to nominate a few actors who we believe can handle playing the schmoozing louse. Josh Hartnett, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or Shia LaBeouf all come to mind. Which young Hollywood actor do you think has the brass balls to pull off playing this role?

  • Max

    They really need to go with a real English chap for this film. Hat's off to Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Josh Hartnett, but they're not right for Eddie Chapman.
    My choice for the cocky Chapman would be Aaron Johnson. Chapman was dashing, handsome, charming, street-smart, lovable and, although perhaps not entirely fearless, he thrived while living dangerously.
    While still quite young, Johnson has many of those same qualities. Chapman was constantly in over his head, but always managed to stay afloat through his self confidence, quick-wittedness, street smarts and charming demeanor.

  • Jack

    Just finished the amazing story of Eddie Chapman. Great book! I think Jude Law would do a BANG-UP job as the double agent.

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