Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen are in negotiations to star in The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the next film from Martin Scorsese. Set in a Paris train station in 1930, the film is based off Brian Selznick’s children’s book about a 12-year-old orphan, clock keeper, and thief Hugo Cabret.
According to Deadline, Baron Cohen would play the role of the station inspector while Kinsley, who appears in Scorsese’s latest film, Shutter Island, would play the pivitol role of famous silent film director and cinematic pioneer Georges Méliès (A Trip to the Moon).
Hit the jump to check out the official book description.
Here’s the official book description for The Invention of Hugo Cabret:
ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message all come together…in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
This 526-page book is told in both words and pictures. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is not exactly a novel, and it’s not quite a picture book, and it’s not really a graphic novel, or a flip book, or a movie, but a combination of all these things. Each picture (there are nearly three hundred pages of pictures!) takes up an entire double page spread, and the story moves forward because you turn the pages to see the next moment unfold in front of you.