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Kaufman's debut to gain stunning cast

PhilipSeymourHoffman.jpgCharlie Kaufman's directorial debut Synecdoche, New York has some major stars in negotiations. The big names are Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams, Samantha Morton and Tilda Swinton.

Hoffman would be playing a theater director who attempts to put on a play which means creating a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse. What?! Keener will play his first wife with Williams his second and Morton his lover. Busy man indeed. Swinton will play his friend and mentor to both Hoffman and Keener's characters. Sounds complicated and once again very bizarre.

Producer Anthony Bergman said to The Hollywood Reporter, who carry the story:

"We were kind of hoping that Charlie would write a small, contained film set in a kitchen with a couple of easy-going characters. Instead, he came up with a massive undertaking of visually elaborate worlds and stunningly complex characters and ideas. The film would be all but impossible to pull off if we weren't surrounded by such incredible actors, the most exciting team of filmmakers imaginable and the most supportive producing partners one could hope."

Ambitious indeed, but surely a great film to watch out for, especially with that fantastic sounding cast already. Hoffman is superb and Keener is just always so convincing to watch.



Wow. Awesome cast. I wish Kauffman would get back together with Michel Gondy. Their collaborations seem to work better than either one of them off on their own. I liked Science of Sleep, but the two make such better stuff when collaborating. My two cents.

I remember also mentioning The Science of Sleep with Richard in an earlier Gondry topic he opened. I wonder when that film will be released in the UK.


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