Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Exclusive: Oscar Isaac, Rupert Friend Circling Julian Schnabel Van Gogh Bio Pic


Exclusive: it does seem like Julian Schnabel’s bio pic of the legendary artist Van Gogh is going ahead with casting.

Willem Dafoe — getting raves right now in “The Florida Project” — was already announced as Vincent. By the movie the movie is not called “Lend me an Ear” or even “Starry Starry Night.” It’s “At Eternity’s Gate.”

But now I’m hearing that Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron to you) is joining the cast as either Theo Van Gogh, Vincent’s brother and art dealer, or artist Paul Gaugin. He’s definitely in, say sources.

Also in is Rupert Friend, recently killed off of “Homeland.” He would be Van Gogh’s physician at the end of his life, Dr. Gachet.

Vincent and Theo — immortalized on film in a movie of that name by Robert Altman– each died in 1890. Vincent was 37, Theo was 33. So I’m not sure how Dafoe, though a great actor, will do at 62.  But it sure sounds interesting. Maybe Dafoe should play Gaugin, who died at 53. But hey, no one asked me.

It’s time for Schnabel, a great artist himself, to get back behind the camera. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “Before Night Falls,” and “Basquiat” are wonderful films that everyone should see.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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