Leaves of Grass
Cast: Edward Norton, Tim Blake Nelson, Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss,
Keri Russell (in negotiations)
Director: Tim Blake Nelson
Screenwriter: Tim Blake Nelson
Filming: starts Sept. 22 in Shreveport, La
Summary: Norton is portraying twin brothers, one an Ivy League philosophy professor,
the other a small-time and brilliant marijuana grower. The professor is lured back to his
Oklahoma hometown for a doomed scheme against a local drug lord (Dreyfuss) that unravels his
life. Sarandon plays the brothers' eccentric mother, while Russell will play a love interest."
NOTE:: EN and Nelson will also be producers on the film
Sep 07. 2008Hollywood Reporter
Nelson wrote "Grass" with Norton in mind and showed it early last year to the actor, who wasn't looking for a new project and put off reading the script. When Norton finally did read it, he was hooked.
"I called him and said, 'You're right. It's great,' " recalled Norton. "There have been only a couple of times in my career that I've gone, 'That's exactly what I want to do.' It felt very complete."
Pics of EN and Tim Nelson Blake at the "Leaves of Grass" Breakfast today at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel are up at Wireimage.com [Thanks to Robin for the info!]
Feb 27, 2008- Hedgeworld reports that Leaves of Grass will start filming in Louisiana in late March. I
don't know what else it is reporting since the article is available only to subscribers.
Jan 21, 2008- Could Lindsay Lohan possibly be joining EN's next film Leaves of Grass. I don't know, but JustJared.com posted a pic of Lohan leaving a casting call. If you look on the door, a sign reads "Leaves of Grass Casting" [Thanks to Danielle for the eagle eyes and the info!!!]
Dec 5, 2007- Today's Variety has announced EN will play dual roles in
Leaves of Grass. The story was broken by
Comingsoon.net, but was wrong in one
respect: EN won't be directing the film
Edward Norton to star in 'Grass'
Actor takes on double duty in 'Leaves'
By MICHAEL FLEMING
Edward Norton is set to play dual roles in "Leaves of Grass," a comedic thriller to be directed in spring
by Tim Blake Nelson, who wrote the script and will also act in the film.
Norton will play identical twins, one an Ivy League classics professorand the other a hedonistic
pot-smoking career criminal. He'll make the film after completing the Universal drama "State of Play."
"Leaves of Grass" will be financed by Barbarian Films, which recently co-produced "Powder Blue."
Bill Migliore, Norton and Nelson will produce. Norton and Migliore partner in Class 5 Films, which most
recently produced "The Painted Veil" and "Down in the Valley."
Norton and Nelson recently starred together in "The Incredible Hulk," in which Norton plays the title
character and wrote the script for Marvel and Universal. Nelson had already penned "Leaves of Grass"
specifically for Norton, and they've been waiting for the right opportunity to do it.
"The challenge of playing twins for an actor is very special, and I was very flattered that Tim sent
'Leaves of Grass' to me," Norton said. "I liked it so much, and felt so strongly that it was a film Tim
understood to his core, that I took it to my partners and suggested we produce it. This is exactly the kind
of personal filmmaking that we set out to support."
Nelson, who directed "The Grey Zone" and "O," said Norton "would have been my first choice for either
of these roles." If he'd said no, "there would have been no second choice."
Norton will next be seen in the Gavin O'Connor-directed Gotham cop drama "Pride and Glory," which New
Line opens in March.
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