Actor Bill Paxton signs up to Grand Theft Auto BBC drama

The Aliens and Apollo 13 actor is said to be playing former laywer Jack Thompson, who filed lawsuits against Rockstar Games' parent, Take Two Interactive.

Bill Paxton (Aliens, Apollo 13) is said to be playing Jack Thompson, the lawyer who campaigned against violent video games in the mid-2000s, in the upcoming BBC Film drama about the rise of the Grand Theft Auto franchise.

Thompson, a former Florida-based lawyer, disbarred in 2008 because of his behaviour during court proceedings, began a lawsuit against Rockstar Games' parent company, Take Two Interactive, back in 2003.

Speaking to Deadline about Thompson, Paxton said, "He got Howard Stern kicked off the radio and took on 2 Live Crew... There’d be a gag order and he’d still go on talk shows. He would write these hateful letters to people he was litigating. He just got too emotionally caught up in it.”

Called Gamechanger, the drama is based on Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto, a book from 2012 written by David Kushner.

Last week it was revealed that the role of Grand Theft Auto producer Sam Houser will be played by Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, as he was in talks with the BBC about the role.

Gamechanger begins shooting in South Africa next week.

In other GTA news, the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V was released this week, much to the relief of PC gamers who have been waiting for the game to arrive since its initial September 2013 launch on last gen consoles. We've got some cheats for those of you with the game too; here on PC; and here on Xbox One and PS4.

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