Official First Look: Sean Penn as Harvey Milk
Well, it's not exactly the very first look - there has been many quick citizen photographers in San Francisco - but moreso the first official photo of Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, the first openly gay big city official that was elected in 1977 and then assassinated in 1978. Milk's story is being adapted for the big screen by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester), titled just Milk, which just finished filming and is due out November 26th later this year. Here's the photo straight from EW.com with a few more new details.
The self-described "Mayor of Castro Street" and Mayor George Moscone were killed by rival politico Dan White. White had recently resigned his city supervisor position at the time, only to quickly ask Moscone for it back. The Mayor instead decided to fill the vacancy with Milk. On the morning the official announcement was to be made, White shot both Milk and Moscone at San Francisco's City Hall. He turned himself in shortly thereafter.
The subsequent trial of White served to be equally intriguing. Among the typical legal maneuverings, White actually claimed that Twinkies exacerbated his already depressed state, which notoriously became known as the "Twinkie Defense." Ultimately, White was convicted yet gently sentenced due to his "diminished capacity." Various fallout followed, such as the White Night Riots and the abolishment of the traditional diminished capacity defense.
Van Sant's biopic sounds like it's going to be big. Not only is the subject matter pretty damn interesting, but you have Sean Penn in the lead. Rounding out the cast is Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Speed Racer), James Franco (Spider-Man) and Josh Brolin (No County for Old Men) as the assassin, Dan White. Interestingly, director Bryan Singer (Valkyrie) had plans (and still may) to adapt the story, calling it The Mayor of Castro Street instead, lead by Steve Carell, but it appears Van Sant beat him to it. And beat him to it good. Thoughts so far on Milk?