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Miles Teller to star in bank heist thriller directed by Ruben Fleischer

Miles Teller to star in bank heist thriller directed by Ruben Fleischer


Miles Teller isn’t quite Chris Pratt yet, but with a fiery performance in the Oscar nominated Whiplash behind him and several blockbusters upcoming in the form of Insurgent and Fantastic Four, Teller is a bona-fide star.

His latest project re-pairs him with his producer on Two Night Stand, Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland). The pair will be working to adapt an article recently published in the online magazine The Atavist called “The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang” (the article is available for purchase here).

Written by Josh Dean, the article profiles the members of the Stopwatch Gang, feared 1980s bank robbers who never fired a gunshot but made speedy, timed heists under two minutes that eventually netted them millions of dollars. Here’s the synopsis of the article that’s serving as inspiration for the film under Universal:

They were in and out in less than two minutes—that’s how they got away with millions. And for the duration of their reign, no bank robbers were more feared (though they never fired their guns) nor more pursued or more mythologized than the Stopwatch Gang. The members themselves were straight out of central casting: Lionel Wright, a meticulous introvert who could disappear in a room full of people; Paddy Mitchell, a charming and well-connected crook who saw an angle in everything and would go to any lengths to avoid the hell of being locked away; and Stephen Reid, a fearless point man who could find the weakness in any system and whose story—of addiction and descent into crime, of redemption and literary fame—was all prelude to a tragic but life-saving fall from grace.

In The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang, Josh Dean reconstructs the Gang’s glory days and reveals how the real story, pieced together through months of research and reporting most prominently with Reid himself, as he comes to the end, at age 64, of his final days in the custody of the state—is more remarkable than the myth that has long been told.

It’s unclear what part Teller is expected to play at this point, or when the movie can be expected, but Variety is reporting that there was something of a bidding war for the article and that it and the subsequent film will have the feel of recent films like The Town.