Risky Business Blog reports, The "Transformers" actress is attached to play an angel opposite Rourke in “Passion Plays,” an indie drama that Mitch Glazer is writing and directing.
Here's the skinny on the project: Rourke will play a down-on-his-heels trumpet player, and Fox will play an angel in 1950s Los Angeles, with Rourke finding redemption in Fox after he attempts to save her from a gangster. Those familiar with the project describe it as a dramatic but heartwarming tale.
Fox's character is described, in part, as as a slender beauty with wings who is part of a carnival.
Glazer, if you're not familiar, is the screenwriter behind the Al Pacino CIA tale “The Recruit” and the Bill Murray comedy “Scrooged” who will be making his directorial debut with “Plays”; like Rourke and Fox, he's repped by ICM. Laura Bickford, producer of ambitious dramas like "Traffic" and "Che," is producing.
Fox, who recently followed her agents from Gersh, has landed a spate of projects of late, signing on for the Warners Western “Jonah Hex” and the Fox Atomic underwater actioner “Fathom.”
But “Plays” would mark a further evolution in her career; the actress, who burst onto the scene as the female lead in “Transformers” two years ago and appears in the sequel this summer (she'll also appear, of course, in Diablo Cody's upcoming supernatural tale "Jennifer's Body"), had not previously signed on for a drama.
Rourke has taken on a series of roles since reviving his career as Randy the Ram in "The Wrestler," signing on as a hit man in the Walter Hill action pic “St. Vincent” and as a villain in Marvel’s “Iron Man 2.” But this is first post-"Wrestler" drama.
Of course, in that pic he also played a down-on-his-luck guy who found salvation in a woman that was played by an emerging young actress (Evan Rachel Wood). Here's hoping they work the same kind of magic here.