James Hong And Mike O’Malley Join Ryan Reynolds In R.I.P.D.
On the heels of Thursday’s announcement about model Marisa Miller, two more names have been added to the cast of Universal Pictures’ supernatural comedy R.I.P.D.: Glee‘s Mike O’Malley and Big Trouble in Little China‘s James Hong.
Based on the 2000 Dark Horse miniseries by Peter M. Lenkov and Lucas Marangon, R.I.P.D. centers on the Rest In Peace Department, a divine law-enforcement division comprised of ghosts who grapple with spirits who aren’t ready to depart this world. Director Robert Schwentke’s adaptation stars Ryan Reynolds as Nick Cruz, a recently murdered police officer who trades 100 years of service to the R.I.P.D. in exchange for a shot at finding his killer. Jeff Bridges plays his partner, a wise-cracking ghost who’s been hunting spirits since the 19th century.
Hong will play Reynolds’ human avatar Grandpa Chen, serving as the form the living see when he’s in his earthly form (Miller is Bridges’ avatar). O’Malley has been cast as Elliot, whom Deadline describes merely as “a kind of ghost.” R.I.P.D. also stars Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker and Stephanie Szostak.
Clash of the Titans screenwriters Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay penned the script. Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson will produce with Neal Moritz and David Dobkin.