Pop Goes The News — Well, this is awkward.
A movie that was supposed to star Robert DeNiro is scheduled to start shooting in Toronto at around the same time DeNiro will be in the city shooting a different movie.
According to Screen Daily, Sylvester Stallone has signed on to play the role DeNiro was supposed to play in Idol’s Eye, a thriller also starring Robert Pattinson and Rachel Weisz.
Cameras were about to roll on Idol’s Eye in November 2014 when financing issues shut down production. Now it’s set to be filmed beginning in February.
That’s when DeNiro will be in Toronto to start work on War With Grandpa opposite Christopher Walken, Marisa Tomei, and homegrown star Eugene Levy.
Both Stallone, 70, and DeNiro, 73 — who co-starred in 2013’s Grudge Match — have worked in Toronto previously: Stallone made 2001’s Driven and DeNiro made 2004’s Godsend in the city.
Idol’s Eye, directed by Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria), is set in Chicago in the ‘70s and based on the true story of thieves who were hunted down by the mob after they robbed the home of crime boss Tony Accardo.
Pattinson made 2012’s Cosmopolis, 2014’s Maps to the Stars, and 2015’s Life in Toronto. Weisz made 2011’s Dream House in the city.
DeNiro’s War With Grandpa directed by Tim Hill (Hop) is based upon the 1984 children’s book by Robert Kimmel Smith.
It’s about a boy who is forced out of his bedroom when his recently widowed grandfather moves in. He and his friends come up with various ways to convince Grandpa to give the room back.