The first U.S. trailer for the emo Nazi-hunter movie This Must Be the Place has been released. The film stars Sean Penn as an aging-rocker who becomes obsessed with pursuing the Nazi criminal who tormented his father in a concentration camp. The French trailer for the film showcased Penn’s strange performance, but this new trailer is just straight up bizarre. I’m not really sure what Penn’s going for, but he’s created one hell of an offbeat character. There are a couple laughs in the clip, but I honestly don’t know if this movie’s supposed to be a drama or a comedy. Then there’s that random Talking Heads cameo.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, the film also stars Frances McDormand and Judd Hirsch. This Must Be the Place opens on October 14th.
We’ve got a few casting stories to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Angelina Jolie will cameo in director Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty.
- Aasif Mandvi joins Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in The Internship.
- Comedians Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo have landed roles in Bridesmaids director Paul Feig’s untitled comedy alongside Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
Hit the jump for more details.
While earlier this month the line-up for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival was announced, the fest has added four more films to the fest. Predisposed, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, and Tracy Morgan will screen as part of the Premieres line-up and John Dies at the End starring Paul Giamatti, Chase Williamson, and Rob Mayes has been added to the Park City at Midnight line-up. Additionally, This Must Be the Place starring Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, and Judd Hirsch and Oslo, August 31st starring Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, and Ingrid Olava will screen as part of the Spotlight line-up.
Hit the jump to check out the first images from the films as well as a brief synopsis for each. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19 – 29th. Click here for all our coverage.
Watching the first clip from the upcoming drama This Must Be the Place, I can’t help but think that star Sean Penn was re-watching I Am Sam and though to himself, “Yeah, I can top that.” So instead of going full-retard, Penn is going full old-rock-star parody. We’ve already seen his Robert Smith-inspired attire, but wait until you hear how Penn decides to deliver dialogue. It sounds like a cross between a nerdy teenager and present-day Ozzy Osbourne. It’s awful and I can’t tell if co-star Frances McDormand is embarrassed or just trying really hard not to laugh.
Oh, for those that don’t know about the plot, it’s about an aged rock star who decides to follow in his late father’s footsteps and become a Nazi hunter. I’m not making that up. Hit the jump to check out new images from the film along with the glorious clip. This Must Be the Place also stars newcomer Eve Hewson as a gothic-punk music fan who is close friends with Penn’s character, Cheyenne.
Newcomer Eve Hewson is set to co-star with Sean Penn and Frances McDormand in Paolo Sorrentino’s indie drama This Must Be the Place. According to Variety, Place “centers on an aging rock star (Penn) who becomes fixated on pursuing the Nazi criminal who tormented his father in a concentration camp. Hewson will play a gothic-punk music fan who is close friends with Penn’s character.” Some rock stars fade away, some become sad reality stars, and some become Nazi hunters. It’s always one of those three.
Filming is set to begin this month in Ireland and the U.S. Hewson, who is also Bono’s daughter, recently starred in Erica Dunton’s indie drama The 27 Club.
We have three quick bites of casting news for you today. Production Weekly is tweeting that Robert De Niro may re-team with his We’re No Angels co-star Sean Penn for Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be the Place. PW is also reporting that Paul Rudd is circling the dramedy Better Living Through Chemistry and the dark comedy Horrible Bosses. Finally, Pajiba reports that Matt Damon and Keira Knightley have been offered the leads in the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night.
Hit the jump for more on all of these projects.