First Look: Edward Norton Times Two in Leaves of Grass
by Alex Billington
November 14, 2008
This isn't actually the very first time we've seen anything from Tim Blake Nelson's Leaves of Grass, considering we did debut a teaser poster back in September. But now that production has wrapped and the film is moving into post-production, we get to see an actual photo that features both versions of Edward Norton. For some clarification, Norton stars in Leaves of Grass as two different brothers. One is a college professor, the other is his identical twin, a hedonistic, pot smoking career criminal. The professor heads home to Oklahoma and ends up wrapped up in a doomed scheme involving the local drug lord.
I'm really not sure how this is even going to be pulled off, but I'm very curious to see it. Edward Norton vs Edward Norton?! We sort of got that in Fight Club - now we'll actually get to see it!
Leaves of Grass is both written and directed by fellow actor Tim Blake Nelson, who directed Eye of God and The Grey Zone previously. In addition to Norton, 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. Honestly, this whole concept sounds crazy enough to actually work. I'll definitely be waiting to hear a lot more about this. Maybe it'll show up at Sundance next January? Currently the film is scheduled to hit theaters sometime in 2010. A long wait, but it may be worth it.