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Goodman in talks to join Cranston in ‘Trumbo’ Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’ will shoot after Christmas

NEW YORK, Aug 10, (RTRS): After nearly two decades of aborted attempts and frustration, Terry Gilliam seems like he will finally bring “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” to life. The “Brazil” filmmaker and Monty Python member told TheWrap on Thursday that he has financing for the film and plans to shoot after Christmas. The script has evolved significantly since he first tried to make the movie with Johnny Depp in the late ‘90s (see the documentary “Lost in La Mancha” for a very detailed look at that era), and now is a modernized, semi-meta story that winks at his own attempt to make a film based on the famed Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. “I keep incorporating my own life into it and shifting it,” Gilliam said. “The basic underlying premise of that the version Johnny was involved in was that he actually was going to be transported back to the 17th century, and now it all takes place now, it’s contemporary. It’s more about how movies can damage people.”


Depp was to play a modern character named Toby Grisoni, with Jean Rochefort as the actual Quixote. Now, he says, it is in a sense about a movie made about Quixote. “Our main character actually made a Don Quixote movie a lot earlier in his history,” Gilliam revealed, “and the effect it had on many people wasn’t very nice. Some people go mad, some people turn to drink, some people become whores.” Of course, Gilliam knows that anything — seriously, anything and everything - can go wrong in his quest to make this movie, and is not naive about his latest attempt. “I’ve done it so many times — or not done it so many times — I’ll believe it when I see it,” he said, laughing. “However, I’m behaving as if it’s all going to happen as planned.” His faith is buoyed by the fact that his producers are negotiating with the agents for his chosen actors, the names of whom he could not disclose. Either way, after years of trying to make the film a reality — with names like Depp, Rochefort, Robert Duvall, and Ewan McGregor attached at one time or another — he’s perhaps closer than he’s ever been to achieving his goal. His latest film, the Christoph Waltz-starring “The Zero Theorem,” is available on Demand on August 19th and hits theaters on September 19th.
There’s an “Argo” reunion brewing, as John Goodman is in early talks to join Bryan Cranston in Jay Roach’s Dalton Trumbo movie “Trumbo,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.
Four-time Emmy winner Cranston will star as stand-out screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose career writing classics like “Spartacus” and “Roman Holiday” came to a halt when he was blacklisted in Hollywood after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. He was forced to write under pseudonyms, winning two Oscars while blacklisted before he resumed his career using his own name. While there’s no deal in place yet, Goodman is expected to accept an offer to play film producer Frank King, whose King Brothers Productions hired Trumbo to write for them despite the fact that he’d been blacklisted. The writer went on to win an Oscar for his original screenplay for “The Brave One,” which King produced.
Helen Mirren will co-star as Hedda Hopper, the gossip columnist who went after Trumbo and supported his blacklisting. Roach (“Game Change”) is directing from a script by John McNamara, and the duo are also producing with Michael London and Janice Williams of Groundswell Productions. An Emmy and Golden Globe winner, Goodman has been nominated for 10 additional Emmys for projects ranging from “Roseanne” to “A Streetcar Named Desire.” In addition to Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning “Argo,” his recent feature credits include Robert Zemeckis’ “Flight,” the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” and George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men.” Goodman will soon be seen alongside Mark Wahlberg in “The Gambler,” and he’s set to star in Bad Robot’s thriller “Valencia,” which will be directed by Dan Trachtenberg. He’s represented by the Gersh Agency and attorney Amy Nickin.

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