Alex Brightman set to portray John Belushi in biopic

Broadway star Alex Brightman has reportedly been cast as John Belushi in an upcoming biopic.A biographical film about the late Saturday Night Live star has been in development for years, with Todd Phillips and Steven Conrad both tapped to direct at dif…

Broadway star Alex Brightman has reportedly been cast as John Belushi in an upcoming biopic.

A biographical film about the late Saturday Night Live star has been in development for years, with Todd Phillips and Steven Conrad both tapped to direct at different times, with Emile Hirsch attached to star, but the project stalled around 2014.

Now, according to editors at Collider, the project is back in development again, with The Devil Wears Prada’s David Frankel in the frame to direct and Tony Award-nominated Broadway actor Brightman, who is best known for starring in the School of Rock and Beetlejuice stage adaptations, attached to play Belushi.

Masters of Sex actress Annaleigh Ashford is in the running to play Belushi’s girlfriend-turned-wife Judith, while comedian John Mulaney has been offered the role of Belushi’s good friend and SNL co-star Dan Aykroyd.

The script, which was originally written by Conrad, is expected to feature many other famous characters such as SNL boss Lorne Michaels and star Gilda Radner, journalist Barbara Walters, screen legend Jack Nicholson, and musicians Keith Richards, James Taylor, and Paul Simon.

Judith is reportedly involved in the project and is expected to serve as an executive producer, alongside Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert.

The film, currently known as Belushi, is expected to follow Belushi at the height of his fame, during which he had memorable roles in The Blues Brothers and National Lampoon’s Animal House. The comedian died at the age of 33 from a drug overdose at the Chateau Marmont in 1982.

Michael Chiklis previously played the comic in the 1989 biopic Wired, which received an overwhelmingly negative response from critics as well as Belushi’s friends and family, with Aykroyd once telling MTV, “I hope it never gets seen.”

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Al Pacino joins Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Al Pacino has been added to the all-star cast of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The Pulp Fiction director is quickly pulling together an ensemble cast for his new project, which will follow the story of TV star Rick Da…

Al Pacino has been added to the all-star cast of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The Pulp Fiction director is quickly pulling together an ensemble cast for his new project, which will follow the story of TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), who are trying to make names for themselves in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

On Thursday (07Jun18), Variety reported that Pacino is joining the film too and is set to take on the role of Dalton’s agent, Marvin Shwarz. No other details about his character have been announced but the film will mark the first time he has worked with Tarantino.

The Hollywood veteran, known for his performances in The Godfather and Scent of a Woman, recently wrapped production on Martin Scorsese’s mob drama The Irishman, which also stars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.

Pacino’s casting news comes shortly after a string of high-profile names were attached to star in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Also joining the cast is Margot Robbie as murdered actress Sharon Tate, Burt Reynolds as ranch owner George Spahn, Damian Lewis as iconic actor Steve McQueen and Dakota Fanning in the part of Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme, the Manson Family devotee who tried to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975.

Emile Hirsch has been cast as Jay Sebring, the hairstylist who was another victim of what became known as the Tate murders, and Luke Perry is set to portray Scott Lancer.

Nicholas Hammond has been cast as director Sam Wanamaker and Tarantino regulars Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Keith Jefferson have landed supporting roles, while Timothy Olyphant and Kurt Russell are also set to appear.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for release in August 2019.

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Damian Lewis and Dakota Fanning join Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Luke Perry and Emile Hirsch and have been cast in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The foursome will feature alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Burt Reynolds in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, which is set in Los Angel…

Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Luke Perry and Emile Hirsch and have been cast in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The foursome will feature alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Burt Reynolds in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, which is set in Los Angeles around the time of Sharon Tate’s murder in the late 1960s.

Margot Robbie is reportedly on board to play the pregnant actress, who was killed by followers of cult leader Charles Manson, while Tarantino regulars Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Keith Jefferson have landed supporting roles.

According to Deadline, British star Lewis will play iconic actor Steve McQueen, while Fanning will portray Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme, the Manson Family devotee who tried to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975.

Hirsch has been cast as Jay Sebring, the hairstylist who was another victim of what became known as the Tate murders, and Perry is set to portray Scott Lancer. Nicholas Hammond has been cast as director Sam Wanamaker.

Previously, it was announced that DiCaprio will portray washed-up TV star Rick Dalton, who coincidentally lives next door to Tate, while Pitt will portray his stunt double, Cliff Booth. Timothy Olyphant and Kurt Russell are rumoured to have supporting roles.

While DiCaprio has remained tight-lipped about the movie’s plot, during an appearance at Sony’s CinemaCon 2018 held in Las Vegas in April (18) he shared that he was “incredibly excited” to collaborate with Tarantino again, having worked with the director on 2012’s Django Unchained.

“I think he’s going to transport us. I’m a huge fan of Singin’ in the Rain – movies about Hollywood. As an L.A. native, having read the script, it’s one of the most amazing screenplays. We are going to do our best job to make it fantastic,” he shared.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for release in August 2019.

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