In order to evaluate this question, I first needed to research the typical male leading roles in crime thrillers.
A good example of this would be the character of John Connolly from the film Black Mass (2015) played by Joel Edgerton. As the narrative is similar to that of my media product it is the perfect example to compare my film opening to. Both my protagonist and the character of John Connolly are white middle aged police officers. I chose Steve to play my protagonist as this is a common look for detectives in crime thrillers as seen by Lieutenant Vincent Hanna from the film Heat (1995) played by Al Pacino. However, in contrast to Al Pacino’s character, could be viewed as submissive as he is the one who is bribed.
For my antagonist I cast my grandfather as I felt that he looked similar to John Goodman in the Gambler. The characters are also very similar as both are the heads of criminal organisations that supply illegal loans and bribes.