First Look: Dual Ed Norton's in Leaves of Grass
by Alex Billington
September 9, 2008
This really isn't a first look, but more of an opportunity to feature Edward Norton's newest film, Leaves of Grass. Announced yesterday at a press conference in Toronto, Leaves of Grass, which will star Ed Norton and is written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson, is being produced by Nu Image / Millennium Films and will start shooting in late September. The film is described as a comedic thriller about twin brothers, both portrayed by Norton, 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 that unravels his life. In addition to these details, the first poster has been revealed.
In addition to Norton starring as the two leads, Tim Blake Nelson will play a best friend, Susan Sarandon will play the eccentric mother of the two brothers, Keri Russell will play a love interest, and Richard Dreyfuss will play the local drug lord. Nelson wrote the script and gave it to Norton last year, but Norton didn't read it right away. "When Norton finally did read it, he was hooked." Norton said that "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." The film was just announced this week, but is already prepared to start shooting down in Louisiana in the next few weeks with a moderate budget under $15 million.
At first I really wasn't sure what to think of this, but after reading that synopsis about Norton play two twin brothers, I was hooked myself. Tim Blake Nelson is a fantastic character actor, I just hope he can do great work behind the camera as well. I'm interested in seeing Norton take on another comedic role like this, especially because the last time we saw him in a real comedic role was Death to Smoochy back in 2002. As was obvious with The Incredible Hulk, Norton still has a lot of talent left in him I just think he really needs the right roles. Although I don't know too much about Leaves of Grass, this just really does sound like the right role for him and something that we should all be looking forward to seeing. Thoughts?