Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins join David Fincher’s Mank

Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins are the latest additions to the cast of David Fincher’s upcoming epic, Mank.The film will star Oscar-winner Gary Oldman as screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who co-wrote the 1941 Hollywood classic, Citizen Kane. Mamm…

Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins are the latest additions to the cast of David Fincher’s upcoming epic, Mank.

The film will star Oscar-winner Gary Oldman as screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who co-wrote the 1941 Hollywood classic, Citizen Kane.

Mamma Mia! star Seyfried will play actress Marion Davies, while Collins will portray Mankiewicz’s secretary, Rita Alexander.

British actor Tom Burke has also signed up to Fincher’s biopic, and will play the legendary Orson Welles, who directed and starred in Citizen Kane, with Charles Dance, Arliss Howard, Joseph Cross and Ferdinand Kingsley cast in unknown roles.

Fincher’s movie will follow Mankiewicz’s tumultuous development of the script for the film, which is considered to be one of the most iconic movies in Hollywood history.

Mankiewicz also worked on The Wizard of Oz, The Pride of the Yankees, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but it was Citizen Kane that cemented his legacy.

However, his relationship with Welles became strained after he accused the filmmaker of trying to take sole credit for the script, which won them the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The biopic has been a passion project for Fincher for the past two decades, and in a sweet twist, the screenplay for Mank was written by the director’s father, Jack Fincher, prior to his death in 2003.

The 57-year-old will also serve as producer alongside Cean Chaffin, Douglas Urbanski, and Eric Roth.

Mank will be released in 2020.

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Gary Oldman to star as Citizen Kane screenwriter in new biopic

Gary Oldman is teaming with filmmaker David Fincher on a new biopic about the screenwriter behind movie classic Citizen Kane. The Darkest Hour actor will portray Herman Mankiewicz in Mank, which will chronicle his rise to fame, first as a news report…

Gary Oldman is teaming with filmmaker David Fincher on a new biopic about the screenwriter behind movie classic Citizen Kane.

The Darkest Hour actor will portray Herman Mankiewicz in Mank, which will chronicle his rise to fame, first as a news reporter and critic in New York City, before moving to Hollywood to begin a career in the film industry.

Among Mankiewicz’s credits include The Wizard of Oz, The Pride of the Yankees, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but it was 1941’s Citizen Kane that cemented his legacy.

However, his relationship with director and co-writer Orson Welles became strained after Mankiewicz accused the filmmaker of trying to take sole credit for the script, which won them the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The biopic has been a passion project for Fincher for the past two decades, after initially trying to get the film into production following the release of 1997’s The Game.

It has also been of particular interest for the director as his father, Howard ‘Jack’ Fincher, wrote the original script for the movie prior to his death in 2003.

Mank will also be shot in black-and-white and will premiere on streaming service Netflix. Fincher will produce alongside partner Cean Chaffin and Oldman’s longtime collaborator Douglas Urbanski, who played Harvard president Larry Summers in Fincher’s 2010 movie, The Social Network.

The 61-year-old Brit will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers drama The Laundromat, alongside Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas. The award-winning actor has also just finished filming Joe Wright’s The Woman in the Window, which will be released in 2020.

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