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September 18 2006

Alan Tudyk joins cast of "3:10 to Yuma". Referred to as Serenity's Alan Tudyk, our favorite pilot has been cast in this western starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. The film is a remake of the 1957 film, "Yuma". Another link describes Tudyk as "geek-loved".

I've never seen the original, is it any good? And has anyone else noticed that Alan seems to have a western flavoured career these days? Firefly, Serenity, Into The West and now 3:10 to Yuma.
I've never seen it either, Simon. Of course, I'm not really a fan of westerns, so that may be why. Though the double whammy of Alan and Christian Bale will definitely get me to see this one.

The rating for the original at the IMDB is pretty high though, so perhaps it will be good. The remake is being directed by James Mangold who did "Walk the Line" and "Girl, Interrupted".
Out of all the actors to come out of a space western TV show, why is *Alan* the one they pick to cast in Westerns? Just seems like an odd choice, as he was the one who used Western vernacular the least.

(For someone whose character was driving the "stagecoach." Simon wasn't supposed to be from the border, so I don't count him.)

[ edited by pat32082 on 2006-09-18 14:15 ]
Alan is a great character actor, I think - he's making his bed in playing really diverse characters.


The remake is being directed by James Mangold who did "Walk the Line" and "Girl, Interrupted".

I'm in. I thought Walk The Line was fantastic - really good performances from the cast.
It's just my opinion but I think 3:10 TO YUMA is one of the best Westerns ever. It's a psychological Western (as in "He went thataway, and he looked mighty bipolar") in the same vein as HIGH NOON.
I've seen the original, and you don't have to be a fan of the western genre to enjoy it. There's plenty of action, but it's mostly a psychological battle of wills between the outlaw and rancher, intensifying when the outlaw's gang gets involved. One of Glenn Ford's best roles, which IMO is saying a lot. The film is so good it doesn't need remaking, but if they do it right there's the potential for Oscar material here. To me Mangold seems a good choice as director.
Welcome to Tangentland!!! If you're in the US, and have HBO along with SciFi, you can flip between Firefly and Serenity at various times today.....I've been doing it for a half hour or so, it's quite entertaining! That John Sweden guy sure is clever, he has a big future in this business!
I am so happy whenever any of our BDHs get new projects, and any time Alan is in a movie, it's a good thing. Yay Alan! :-)
If only SciFi would stop playing ads over the end credits music. :(

Speaking of tangent, has anyone else noticed Wash's resemblence to Wembley from Fraggle Rock?

Wembley photo
And Wash and Wembley *are* similiar characters. And their names start with W. *gasp* Joss, were you a Fraggle fan?
LOL! Hawaiian shirt and all, Sunfire, the coincidence is too much to ignore. Great link! :-)
Terrific cast to be alongside, too. With that director, and that cast, could be an Oscar-bait movie.
The first time I saw Wash in a Hawaiian shirt, in whatever episode that was, my immediate thought was "Wembley!" I was a child of the 80s...
Alan said at Dragon*Con that he wants to do more Westerns. He had a small part in the "Into The West" miniseries, and said he enjoyed doing them and wanted to do more.

And yes, the Wembley likeness is scary. Does that make Zoe Red?

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