Kevin Durand, best known for his villainous turn as a cold-blooded mercenary on ABC’s “Lost,” is in negotiations to book back-to-back roles in a pair of DreamWorks sci-fi movies.
The actor is set to first play the alien heavy in “I Am Number Four,” then, if dates can be worked out, he will segue to playing a promoter of robot boxing in “Real Steel.” DreamWorks is shooting both movies this summer, with “Four” starting principal photography later this month and “Steel” in June.
D.J. Caruso is directing “Four,” which adapts the upcoming young-adult science fiction book by James Frey and Jobie Hughes. The story centers on one of nine aliens (played by Alex Pettyfer) who escape their home planet before its annihilation by a rival species and hide out on Earth disguised as high school students.
Durand is playing the commander of the aliens who are hunting the survivors down on Earth.
“Steel” sees Shawn Levy directing Hugh Jackman in the tale set in a future in which robots fight it out in the boxing ring. Jackman is a former boxer-turned-manager who reunites with his estranged son to take his fighter to the championships.
If a deal can be worked out, Durand will play the Texan promoter of robot boxing.
Durand plays Little John to Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood in Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood,” but the actor is best known for his work in “Lost.” Durand, who also played Blob in last year’s “Wolverine” movie, recently signed with WME and continues to be repped by Alchemy Entertainment and attorney Dave Feldman.