Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Casting on BIRDMAN

Exciting news on the casting and plot of Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's new project Birdman. First off, this director is easily one of my favorite directors around. All of his films from Amores Perros to 21 Grams, and Babel to Biutiful, I have thoroughly enjoyed. Craft at the highest level. These films are personal, depressing and harrowing dramas that usually have overlapping, non-linear narratives with exceptional acting and beautiful cinematography. His next film is going to be very interesting since the director is going more towards the comedic arena then ever before. The film titled Birdman will star Michael Keaton as an egotistical actor who had a  role as a superhero but has not achieved the same success since. It mimics Keaton since his iconic turn as Batman in Burton's films. The actor mounts a Broadway play to reclaim some notoriety and glory. Emma Stone will play the actor's rehabbed daughter; Naomi Watts, who was in 21 Grams, plays an actress; and Zach Galifianakis will play the producer of the play. Sounds really intriguing and begins filming in April. In my eye, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu can do no wrong and I am excited that he is venturing off on a new path and challenge. The story was written by Innaritu, with Nicolas Giacobone, Armando Bo and playwright Alexander Dinelaris, and was based off a short story by Raymond Chandler. Shit. Can't wait!

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