Directed by: John Hillcoat
Written by: Matt Cook
Produced by: Keith Redmon, Bard Dorros, Marc Butan, Anthony Katagas, Christopher Woodrow, John Hillcoat
Other cast: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Clifton Collins Jr,. Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson
Release date: February 26, 2016
Genre: Action, Thriller
Running time: 115 minutes
In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge.
Shia LaBeouf was originally cast, but had to drop out. Charlie Hunnam was then cast, but then was later replaced by Casey Affleck.
Christoph Waltz was cast in a role, but dropped out.
Michael B. Jordan was originally cast in the role of Marcus Belmont, but he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
Despite being top billed, Norman Reedus has less than ten minutes of screentime.
Cate Blanchett was cast in the role of Irina Vlaslov, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges were attached to the project in the early stages of production.
The police code 999, from which the title derives its name, means urgent help needed/Police officer down.
At one point in the film, a road sign proclaiming “ZOMBIES AHEAD” can be seen. Norman Reedus appeared on The Walking Dead (2010), which was also filmed in and around Atlanta, Georgia. (E. Roger Mitchell appeared on The Walking Dead (2010)). Woody Harrelson starred in the zombie comedy Zombieland (2009).
The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Casey Affleck and Kate Winslet; and two Oscar nominees: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Woody Harrelson.
The Red Band trailer was two minutes and nineteen seconds, which was the original date the film was going to be released, February 19. However, the film release date was pushed back to February 26.
“There is no limit to what desperate men will do when pushed.”