Logan Lucky

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Logan Lucky
Logan Lucky.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Produced by
Written by Rebecca Blunt
Starring
Music by David Holmes
Cinematography Steven Soderbergh
Edited by Steven Soderbergh
Distributed by
Release date
  • August 18, 2017 (2017-08-18) (United States)
Running time
119 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

Logan Lucky is an upcoming American heist comedy film directed, shot and edited by Steven Soderbergh and written by Rebecca Blunt. It features an ensemble cast consisting of Adam Driver, Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston and Sebastian Stan.

The film is scheduled to be released on August 18, 2017, by Bleecker Street and Fingerprint Releasing.

Premise[edit]

Trying to reverse a family curse, siblings Jimmy (Channing Tatum), Mellie (Riley Keough), and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina during Memorial Day weekend.

Cast[edit]

Six NASCAR drivers make cameo appearances in the film. Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch play West Virginia state troopers, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano are security guards, Kyle Larson is a limo driver, and Ryan Blaney is a delivery boy.[3]

Production[edit]

Prior to the film's release Soderbergh's last film was Behind the Candelabra, which was intended to be his final film. Initially the script was given to Soderbergh in hopes that he could recommend a suitable director for the project. Soderbergh enjoyed reading the script, specifically noting that it was an "anti-glam version of an Ocean's movie", telling Entertainment Weekly, "Nobody dresses nice. Nobody has nice stuff, they have no money. They have no technology. It's all rubber band technology", at the time Soderbergh was also theorizing a new distribution model and felt that the script gave him the perfect opportunity to do so.[4] The Playlist reported that Soderbergh's wife Jules Asner wrote the screenplay under the pseudonym, Rebecca Blunt.

The film was announced in February 2016 along with the announcement of Channing Tatum's casting.[5] Variety initially reported that Matt Damon was also to star, although Deadline.com reported the same day that Damon was not involved, but rather Michael Shannon.[6] On May 11, Shannon had to leave the project due to scheduling conflicts, and Adam Driver and Seth MacFarlane entered negotiations to star,[7] on May 26, Driver and MacFarlane were confirmed to star, with Daniel Craig, Katherine Heigl and Riley Keough finalizing deals to join the cast.[8] That same month, it was announced NASCAR would be collaborating on the film;[9] in June 2016, Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston and Jack Quaid were cast in the film.[10][11][12] On August 15, 2016, David Denman joined the cast,[13] on August 22, 2016, it was reported that Jim O'Heir had joined the cast.[14] On August 31, 2016, Sebastian Stan joined the cast.[15]

Filming[edit]

On August 24, 2016, Logan Lucky began filming, the film was scheduled to be shot over 35 days.[16]

Release[edit]

Bleecker Street and Fingerprint Releasing will distribute the film on August 18, 2017.[17]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 100% based on 16 reviews, with a weighted average of 8.1/10.[18] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a score 81 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[19]

Owen Gleiberman of Variety gave the film a positive review, writing, "Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky is a high-spirited, low-down blast."[20] Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter also gave the film a positive review, saying, "This is a good-times film that doesn't put on airs, dress to impress or pretend to be something it isn't, it just aims to please and does a pretty good job of it."[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Logan Lucky (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  2. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (2016-08-04). "Brian Gleeson Joins Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’". Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  3. ^ "NASCAR serves as vehicle for heist film 'Logan Lucky' starring Channing Tatum". USA Today. 9 October 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, Kevin P. "Steven Soderbergh compares comeback film to Ocean's movie 'on cement blocks'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (2016-02-04). "Michael Shannon To Team With Channing Tatum And Steven Soderbergh". Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  6. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (2016-02-04). "Michael Shannon To Team With Channing Tatum And Steven Soderbergh". Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  7. ^ Busch, Anita (2016-05-11). "Adam Driver Steps Into Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’; Seth MacFarlane In Talks". Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  8. ^ Busch, Anita (2016-05-26). "Daniel Craig And Katherine Heigl Finalizing Deals To Join Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’ As James Bond News Surfaces". Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  9. ^ "NASCAR Parenters with Steven Soderbergh on Heist-themed film project". NASCAR. May 26, 2016. Retrieved August 24, 2016. 
  10. ^ Busch, Anita (2016-06-09). "Hilary Swank Latest To Board Steven Soderbergh Heist Film ‘Logan Lucky’". Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  11. ^ "Exclusive: Katherine Waterston’s Joins Steven Soderbergh's ‘Logan Lucky’". 2016-06-09. Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  12. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (2016-06-16). "‘Vinyl’s Jack Quaid Joins Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’". Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  13. ^ McNary, Dave (2016-08-15). "David Denman Joins Channing Tatum in ‘Logan Lucky’". Variety. Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  14. ^ Cook, Justin (2016-08-22). "Parks and Recreation actor Jim O’Heir joins Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky". Flickering Myth. Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  15. ^ Kit, Borys (August 31, 2016). "'Captain America's' Sebastian Stan Joins Steven Soderbergh's 'Logan Lucky' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  16. ^ "Day 1 of 35 on LOGAN LUCKY. In theaters October 13, 2017...". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  17. ^ Hipes, Patrick (February 16, 2017). "Bleecker Street Inks U.S. Deal For Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’, Sets August Release". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Logan Lucky (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Logan Lucky reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  20. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (July 24, 2017). "Film Review: Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’". Variety. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  21. ^ McCarthy, Todd (July 24, 2017). "'Logan Lucky' Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 

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