George Clooney as Frank Sinatra in a 'Maf the Dog' Adaptation?
Here's an interesting rumor to mull over. Found in a report on the recent Edinburgh Book Festival (via The Playlist) was mention of announcement that author Andrew O'Hagan made about an adaptation of his book The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe. O'Hagan said that an adaptation will go into production shortly and will star George Clooney as Frank Sinatra and Angelina Jolie as Marilyn Monroe, but "it is not yet known who will be playing Maf the dog" (a joke). That is some huge news that no one has heard before and will make Jolie the third to be cast as Monroe in the last year.
O'Hagan's book follows the story of a Maltese terrier named Maf who became Monroe's pet after being given to her by Sinatra in late 1960 as a cheer-up present after her break up with Arthur Miller. "Maf the dog was with Marilyn for the last two years of her life. Not only a picaresque hero himself, he was also a scholar of the adventuring rogue in literature and art, witnessing the rise of America's new liberalism, civil rights, the space race, the New York critics, and was Marilyn Monroe's constant companion." Sounds like Marley & Me meets Marilyn Monroe, or something like that. You can watch a funky trailer for the book on YouTube, too.
Obviously we're not sure if this is just O'Hagan spouting out dream casting or if this really means we'll see Clooney and Jolie playing Sinatra and Monroe, but he's definitely got my interest. I'll admit as a younger individual, I'm not as excited to see Frank Sinatra or Marilyn Monroe up on the big screen as some, but if this adaptation does begin to shoot with these two, I'll be a bit more interested than I was before. Plus, it sounds like a fun story, and I'm already curious to see how they're approaching this adaptation - with a bit of fun and humor like Marley & Me or more dramatic and serious? I guess we will find out soon enough!