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Vidhu Vinod Chopra to direct Mickey Rourke?Sat, Jan 31, 2009 16:45 IST
Vidhu Vinod Chopra has roped in this yearfs Golden Globe Best Actor and Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke for his first Hollywood venture eBroken Horsesf.
Chopra, who is in awe of Rourke, revealed that he saw a special screening of Rourkefs eThe Wrestlerf much before the awards. gI was bowled over by his performanceh, 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 Ramh Robinson in the movie eThe Wrestlerf.
The maverick director is on top of the world, getting Rourke to play one of the pivotal roles in the eBroken Horsesf. 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 eParindaf, e1942 A Love Storyf and eEklavyaf, 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 moviefs 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 Dangerousf and eSwing Votef are likely to work on script.
Mark Johnson, who was associated with films like eChronicles of Narniaf, eThe Notebookf and eRain Manf, will be the executive producer of the film, and Chris Buchinsky, linked with fHancockf and eSpiderman 2, 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. Letfs see when eBroken Horsesf start to run.
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