It’s true. After beginning his comeback as Jonathan Kent in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, Kevin Costner — who hasn’t played lead in a decent film since 1996’s Tin Cup (although, he has had two excellent supporting turns in Company Men and The Upside of Anger) — is suddenly in demand again.
In fact, the 57-year-old Oscar winner has been offered the role of Chris Pine’s mentor in the new Jack Ryan film, which is apparently considered a co-leading role. As you might recall, Kenneth Branagh is directing the long in-development project, as well as playing the villain.
That’s not all. Coming off his Emmy nominated turn in the dreadful Hatfields & McCoys, Costner has also been offered the lead in Luc Besson’s Three Days to Kill, about a dying government agent who decides to take on one last mission, as well as make amends with his estranged daughter. Slashfilm appropriately notes that it could be the equivalent of Liam Neeson’s Taken, a movie that propelled Neeson back to superstardom. Note, too, that all of this comes after Costner had to decline a role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained due to scheduling conflicts.
I guess Costner has given up on his centrifugal separator technology — which was supposed to be the solution to the Gulf oil spill — and returned to acting. Good choice, Kevin.