Casting Roundup: Terry Gilliam's 'Don Quixote' Finally Happening, Plus: Kevin Spacey As Nixon, and More

Casting Roundup: Terry Gilliam's 'Don Quixote' Finally Happening, Plus: Kevin Spacey As Nixon, and More

Nov 07, 2014

Hell didn’t freeze over, but it looks like Terry Gilliam is making his Don Quixote movie anyway. “Seven is my lucky number so let’s break the curse and make it!” the director quipped about his failed attempt to get The Man Who Killed Don Quixote off the ground — and then some. The unfinished film started lensing back in 1998, with a whopping $32.1 million European budget backing it, but disaster struck when lead Jean Rochefort became ill and flooding on set caused a slew of financial difficulties.

But the incident did give us Lost in La Mancha starring Johnny Depp — a 2002 documentary that revealed more about the moviemaking process in many ways than anything else. It looks like Gilliam has pegged British star Jack O’Connell (Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken) as his Don from Miguel de Cervantes novel. Here’s a synopsis from Variety:

“A modern and satirical twist on the tale, Don Quixote stars O’Connell as Toby, a jaded commercials director who travels to Spain for a shoot and comes across a gypsy who gives a copy of his student film — a lyrical reworking of the Don Quixote story set in a quaint old Spanish village. Moved by the discovery, Toby sets off on a bizarre road trip to find the little village where the student film was shot and gets caught up in a series of catastrophes.”

The movie, hopefully (we’re rooting for you, Gilly!), will see a theatrical release May 2016.

In 1970, jumpsuit-era Elvis met with President Richard Nixon at the White House to rag on hippies, drugs and all the other longhaired freaks that were bringing him down (including the Beatles who were stealing his spotlight on American shores). Of course, this is all hilarious now since we know Elvis abused prescription drugs for years — but back then, when a doctor gave it to you, it was legit or something. So while Elvis was waving his patriotic flag, he asked Nixon if he could snag an undercover federal agent title. Nixon felt awkward, photos were taken, and now someone has made a movie about it.

Deadline reports that Elvis & Nixon will star Kevin Spacey as old Dick and the gloriously insane Michael Shannon as Elvis. Oh and to make matters weirder, Cary Elwes cowrote the thing. All we can hope is that Shannon’s Elvis has an epic freakout and takes a hot iron to Nixon’s face à la Boardwalk Empire.

Chris Cooper, aka that guy who played the creepy closeted dad in American Beauty, will star as The Catcher in the Rye author J. D. Salinger in Coming Through the Rye. Written and directed by Jim Sadwith, the film is set in 1969 and revolves around two teenagers played by Alex Wolff and Stefania Owen as they search for Salinger. USA Today advises the film is based on Sadwith's own quest to find Salinger and the resulting encounters that ensued.

Salinger was notoriously reclusive and moved to quiet Cornish, New Hampshire from New York City to avoid the public eye. Tell-all memoirs by his daughter and ex-lover in the ‘90s created a scene for the public-fearing author. After his passing in 2010, it was revealed that Salinger created a schedule for several unpublished works set to appear between 2015 and 2020.

 

 

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