Zachary Quinto to Star in Spielberg's George Gershwin Biopic
Although much praise followed Zachary Quinto's breakout role as Spock in last summer's Star Trek, in a recent interview with Wired, Quinto said that aside from filming the sequel, he would be taking a two year break from the franchise ("no conventions, no anything for a while”) until it's time to promote the sequel. Wanting to venture into "other areas and other styles of storytelling," we now know, courtesy of Deadline that one of those areas involves him starring in the Steven Spielberg produced biopic about composer George Gershwin, which is one of three projects Spielberg is also looking to direct for his next feature.
Written by Doug Wright, the story will span Gershwin's life, from his humble beginnings in Brooklyn as the child of Russian immigrants to his death in Hollywood in 1937 at age 38. Since Spielberg dropped out of Harvey back in December, we've been waiting to hear what he would take on instead, so it's good to hear that he at least has it narrowed down. A biopic like this would definitely be a nice cool down after directing big flicks like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the forthcoming Peter Jackson collaboration The Adventures of Tintin. Of course I'm infinitely more curious about what the other films he's considering could be. Maybe finally the Abraham Lincoln biopic? I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.