Since The Breakout is essentially a law story, the movie that likely will be made should be cast with real people from that industry. It will provide added sources of work to a field which sure needs it. Here is the latest on the flat state of legal services from The National Law Journal.
Tailor Joyce Mitchell is allegedly the insider who provided the equipment used in the breakout. She has entered a plea of not guilty, Mitchell, who seems emotionally needy, could be played by Elizabeth Wurtzel. Sure, she's no longer practicing law but she's had some tough breaks lately, including stage 2 cancer. The good news is that her former boss David Boies married her to a nice younger man.
Richard Matt, one of the cons who persuaded Mitchell to supply what was needed, could be played by former practicing lawyer and genius clickbait journalist at Abovethelaw.com, Joe Patrice. A member of Generation X, he's old enough to fit this role. He also has the gift of extreme charm.
David Sweat, the other con who elicited Mitchell's help, could be played by Alan Dershowitz, retired Harvard Law professor. Although he is a bit long in the tooth for this part, he could use the money if his slip and fall lawsuit against TD Garden doesn't settle soon. As we all know, the guy can talk an owl out of a tree.
Andrew Cuomo, the concerned governor of the state of New York keeping us posted on the manhunt, can be played by trial lawyer John Tarantino of Adler Pollock & Sheehan. Singlehandedly he persuaded the jury in the Rhode Island lead paint trial to acquit his client ARCO. The other three lawyers and their legal teams couldn't pull that off. Later they even got help from the RI Supreme Court. Incidentally, that did the trick.
It's irrelevant how the manhunt turns out. The movie will still be a block-buster. Some of us will be rooting for the cause of public safety. Others, now addicted to anti-heroes like Tony Soprano and Don Draper, will weep if the two escapees go down in a blaze of gun fire.