The question of whether action star Vin Diesel can do comedy is getting closer to being answered. FilmJerk.com has learned that filming on Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Pacifier,” which he will star in, is scheduled to begin April 10 in Toronto, with casting now underway for four of the five children he will protect in the film. Will his first comedy establish him as the Sylvester Stallone of the current generation or an actor capable of making the transition?
In “The Pacifier,” Diesel will play Navy S.E.A.L. John Summit, who botches a job protecting a scientist. In the ensuing fall-out, he gets more than he bargained for with his new job assignment: protecting the Plummer family of five kids from enemies of their deceased government agent father, whose important scientific secret is unknowingly hidden in the family house. In previous drafts of the screenplay, the main character’s name was Shane Wolf.
The roles currently being cast now, the descriptions of which we have obtained via casting documents, include: Zoe Plummer, a rebellious 16-year old pushing the envelope in all areas; Todd Plummer, also 16, a moody, disheveled teenager who is described as “all boy but very shy”; Lulu Plummer, an “adorable and funny” 9-year-old going for her black belt in karate; adorable 4-year-old Peter Plummer; and Helga, the 60-ish Hungarian maid to the Plummer family.
The film is written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, with Adam Shankman set to direct.
Executive Producers: Jennifer Gibgot, Adam Shankman, Garret Grant, George Zakk and Derek Evans
Producers: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Jonathan Glickman
Director: Adam Shankman
Casting Director: Vickie Thomas
Start Date: April 10, 2004