Scorsese's Hugo Cabret Starts Production, More Cast Revealed
by Alex Billington
June 29, 2010
Columbia Pictures has officially announced today (via press release) that production has started in London on Martin Scorsese's adventure film Hugo Cabret (in 3D) based on Brian Selznick's NY Times bestselling novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. The film stars Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz (the last two in key roles as the kids in the film). Sony has also announced that it will feature Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee (yes!), Helen McCrory, Frances de la Tour and Richard Griffiths, rounding out a rather impressive cast, but that's not really too surprising for a new Marty Scorsese project.
Hugo Cabret, Scorsese's first film shot in 3D, tells a tale of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When Hugo encounters a broken machine, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy. The screenplay was written by John Logan (Last Samurai, The Aviator) and the film is produced by Scorsese, Graham King, Tim Headington and Johnny Depp. Robert Richardson (Inglourious Basterds, Shutter Island) is the film's cinematographer and Dante Ferretti (Shutter Island) is its production designer.
This actually sounds like a very fun, unique film from Scorsese, who's been breaking his norm recently with some interesting projects (e.g. Shutter Island, Shine a Light). A great cast, great director, great story, what more could you ask for? Arrives in theaters everywhere on December 9th, 2011. We'll keep you updated.