Impressive Cast Lined Up for Alexander Payne's Latest
Sadly, writer/director Alexander Payne hasn't directed a new feature film since Sideways in 2004, although he did direct a segment of Paris Je T'aime, but that doesn't count. Thankfully we might know what Payne is up to next. Over at Hollywood Elsehwere, Jeffrey Wells claims to have some solid casting details on Payne's latest project, currently titled Downsizing, which apparently isn't even done being written. However, he's saying that Sacha Baron Cohen, Paul Giamatti, Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon are all already on board, but not entirely confirmed, or at least until Payne finishes writing the script.
No word on what Downsizing is about yet (anyone thinking something business related?), but this is certainly an impressive and exciting cast. Payne last worked with Reese Witherspoon on Election and with Paul Giamatti on Sideways, but he hasn't yet worked with either Sacha Baron Cohen or Meryl Streep. I have no gripe with any of these actors and in fact actually like all of them quite a bit. As always, it depends on the role and how they fit the character, but I'm not worried with this, as I'm sure Payne's script is great. I'm also just excited to see Alexander Payne back in the director's chair again, since it's certainly been a while!