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Ryan Reynolds Joins Atom Egoyan’s ‘Queen of the Night’

Ryan Reynolds is one of the most sought after A-list actors and although he has a string of films in various stages of development, it appears he will make time to add his star power to a fellow Canadian.  THR is reporting that Reynolds has signed on to appear in director Atom Egoyan’s (The Sweet Hereafter) thriller, Queen of the Night.  Reynolds will portray the father of an abducted child.  Egoyan is currently finishing work on his West Memphis Three tale, Devil's Knot.

Production on Queen of the Night is set to start in February, and though distribution and international sales will be handled by Canada's Entertainment One, there's no information on a U.S. release just yet.  Egoyan shares co-writing credits with David Fraser, and co-producing credits with Stephen Traynor, Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss.

Although Reynolds star dimmed a bit with last year’s Green Lantern debacle he countered that with a bounce-back performance in this year's Safe House.  Reynolds has the ability to be a top-notch actor, although his choice in roles isn’t always the best.  He appears to be satisfied portraying the “good-looking-smirky-wise-ass” that he played to perfection in movies like Van Wilder and Waiting, but looked utterly pathetic as Mitch Planko in last year’s The Change-Up.  Agreeing to the “father” role in Queen of the Night may be his way of announcing that he wants to be taken more serious as an actor.

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