Bill Murray Joins the Cast of Aaron Schneider's Get Low
by Alex Billington
February 3, 2009
Ah yes, Bill Murray, one of favorite actors who never gets enough work these days. Murray is the latest to join Get Low alongside of Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, and Lucas Black. The film is based on the true story of Felix "Uncle Bush" Breazeale, a resident of Roane, Tennessee, who planned and attended his own funeral in 1938 while he was still alive so that he could enjoy it. This is being described as a "dramatic thriller", which seems a bit confusing because I'd imagine this would be much better off as a comedy. Aaron Schneider, who won an Oscar for his short film Two Soldiers, will be making his directorial debut.
The screenplay was originally written by Chris Provenzano ("Mad Men"), with revisions by C. Gaby Mitchell (Blood Diamond) and Aaron Schneider. Bill Murray and Lucas Black will play partners at the funeral home, while Robert Duvall will play Uncle Bush and Sissy Spacek his wife. Those who are interested in hearing more about the lavish funeral that was held, can read up on it here. As happy as I am to see Bill Murray taking on another role, I don't know enough about this to say I'm excited. As I said in the beginning, this would be better off as a comedy, but who knows, it still might be one in the end. Thoughts?