After breaking out big time at Sundance with his festival favorite Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is lining up an A-list cast for his next project, Collateral Beauty. Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara are attached to star in the emotional drama from an original screenplay by Allan Loeb (21, Rock of Ages). Per Variety, the film is set in a New York ad agency and follows “a man whose life is flipped upside down after experiencing an incredible tragedy that sends him down a path of deep depression.”
Gomez-Rejon previously helmed the horror remake The Town that Dreaded Sundown, as well as episodes of hit TV shows Glee and American Horror Story. The director is currently riding a high wave after Me and Earl and the Dying Girl won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and incited a bidding war that led to a record-breaking deal with 20th Century Fox and Indian Paintbrush. The film will receive a limited summer release on July 1st.
Jackman and Mara previously collaborated on Joe Wright‘s Pan. Now that Jackman has made it clear that he’s finished playing Wolverine after James Mangold‘s next standalone film, I’m excited to see what projects he lines up as he enters this next stage of his career. If Collateral Beauty is any indication, Jackman will continue to perform in challenging, diverse work as he’s done throughout his wide-ranging career. When Jackman wasn’t picking up the claws for one of his many performances as Wolverine over the last fifteen years, he squeezed in an impressive variety of exciting projects spanning from romantic comedies to hard dramas to award shows to broadway musicals and just about everything in between. He hasn’t done a proper horror movie yet (and I’d love to see that), but Prisoners was damn close.
What do you think? Does Collateral Beauty sound like a good follow-up feature for Gomez-Rejon? How would you like to see Jackman fill his post-Wolverine days? Sound off in the comments.