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Vidhu Vinod Chopra to direct Mickey Rourke?


Sat, Jan 31, 2009 16:45 IST

Vidhu Vinod Chopra Vidhu Vinod Chopra has roped in this yearfs Golden Globe Best Actor and Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke for his first Hollywood venture eBroken Horsesf.

Chopra, who is in awe of Rourke, revealed that he saw a special screening of Rourkefs eThe Wrestlerf much before the awards. gI was bowled over by his performanceh, says the critically acclaimed director. For Chopra, Rourke was his first choice and was finalized even before he won the Golden Globe.

Rourke did an award winning performance as a professional wrestler Randy gThe Ramh Robinson in the movie eThe Wrestlerf.




The maverick director is on top of the world, getting Rourke to play one of the pivotal roles in the eBroken Horsesf. Chopra is quoted as saying: gMickey deserves all the acclaim he is getting and I hope he wins the Oscar as well."

Director of movies like eParindaf, e1942 A Love Storyf and eEklavyaf, Vidhu had been in talks with Dustin Hoffman a few years back for a project. But the project could not materialize.

Its been reported that the moviefs screenplay is penned by Chopra himself. Abhijat Joshi of Lage Raho Munnabhai and Eklavya fame along with script consultant Jason Richman who has worked on movies like eBangkok Dangerousf and eSwing Votef are likely to work on script.

Mark Johnson, who was associated with films like eChronicles of Narniaf, eThe Notebookf and eRain Manf, will be the executive producer of the film, and Chris Buchinsky, linked with fHancockf and eSpiderman 2Œ, is the story-board artist. New Mexico, New York and Albuquerque are the locales finalized for the shoot.

The movie is going to be a gangster film. Letfs see when eBroken Horsesf start to run.



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