Dan Pritzker is really going for it. He scrapped an entire $100 million movie, all shot, starring Anthony Mackie as obscure jazz musician Buddy Bolden.
As I was the first to report, Pritzker decided to re-shoot the whole shooting match. Cost be damned. Pritzker is heir to the Hyatt Hotels fortune.
He cast Gary Carr, the singer from “Downton Abbey,” a mostly unknown, to play Bolden. He’s also hired Nelsan Ellis, from “True Blood” and the new James Brown movie, “Get on Up.”
I’m told today Pritzker sent out a casting notice for Buddy Bolden’s wife and mother in law. That may surprise Milauna Jackson, who was hired to play Nora Bolden. The new shoot will commence this fall in Chicago.