The latest batch of stars to get comfortable behind the camera
Actor Don Cheadle has finally started working on his biopic on jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis. The 49-year-old has been obsessed about the musician since childhood. Cheadle’s feature directorial debut will be a crowdfunded venture and will focus on the composer’s comeback after a five-year hiatus and his relationship with first wife, Frances Taylor Davis. It will also star Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Emayatzy Corinealdi.
High school drama
Ellen Page has also been waiting long to jump on the director bandwagon. Her maiden project, Miss Stevens, will follow the story of a high school teacher who encourages a group of students on a weekend trip to participate in a state drama competition. Before Page starts calling the shots, she has a few films to finish. The script is by Julia Hart and will be produced by Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz and Doug Wald.
Growing up in Israel
It is a big year for actress Natalie Portman as her feature directorial debut, A Tale of Love And Darkness, will play at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Though the actress has previously directed the short film Eve, in 2008, and a part of New York, I Love You, this will be her maiden attempt at a feature. Besides directing, Portman has also penned the dialogues and will be seen as Fania Oz in the film, which is an adaptation of Israeli novelist Amos Oz’s memoir of the same name. ‘‘The language was really what [drew me], his obsession with words and the way words are connected in Hebrew, which has this incredible poetry and magic. It’s obviously almost impossible to translate, but there’s just incredible beauty to that,’’ she says.
Scarlett Johansson’s directorial debut, Summer Crossing, is finally off the pages and on the screen. The movie is an adaptation of Truman Capote’s novel of the same name. It follows the story of a 17-year-old Protestant who embarks on an affair with a Jewish parking lot attendant, while her family vacations in Paris during the summer of 1945. Oscar winner Barry Spikings is producing the film, along with twice-nominated producer, Stacey Sher. ‘‘As it follows a love story of the lost generation of a post-war America, I feel Truman’s words are more relevant today than ever before,” Johansson said recently.
A murder foretold
Matt Damon has been searching for a directorial gig for a long time. The actor had previously made plans to direct Promised Land, but it did not work out due to his shooting schedule for Elysium. He is now working on an international conspiracy thriller, A Foreigner, which is based on a New York Times article about a man murdered in Guatemala. It is also rumored that Chris Terrio, who wrote Damon’s buddy, Ben Afflecks’s Argo, will be penning this film, too. We hope this one hits theatres soon.
— Compiled by Team Indulge