Bill Murray to Lead Coming-of-Age Story 'St. Vincent De Van Nuys'
Though Bill Murray hasn't been absent from the big screen, the actor hasn't had a lead role since Broken Flowers in 2005, usually taking part in ensemble casts. That changes later this year as Murray portrays FDR in Hyde Park on Hudson, a turn that will likely get him an Oscar nod, and now the actor is taking another lead role in St. Vincent De Van Nuys, a coming-of-age project which made the Black List. Variety reports Murray is in early talks to star in the film which follows a 12-year old boy who, in the wake of his parents' divorce, forms an unlikely friendship with the misanthropic retiree (Murray) living next door. More below!
Murray's character is a war veteran well seasoned in drinking, gambling, prostitutes and more, but that doesn't stop him from becoming an unlikely mentor to the adolescent boy. The script actually received the same number of votes on the 2011 Black List as Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained before the project officially made moves towards production. It's not clear how soon Fox is looking to get the project off the ground, but this sounds like it could easily be another role that would put Murray in contention for an Oscar. Hopefully he ends up getting one soon after being robbed of it for his turn in Lost in Translation.