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Josh Brolin in Talks to Join Sean Penn's 'Crazy for the Storm' Drama

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August 22, 2012
Source: Variety

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Just last week we learned that Sean Penn was heading behind the camera again for an adaptation of Norman Ollestad's memoir Crazy for the Storm. It's his first film as director since being at the helm of Into the Wild, but the film still has a strong touch of nature as the story centers on how the skills Ollestad's father instilled in him as a boy helped him survive after a plane crash on the San Gabriel Mountains in 1979 stranded him alone on a mountaintop when he was just 11-years old. Brolin, who was going to be seen in Gangster Squad this year before it was delayed until 2013, is being lined up to to play the father. Read on!

The film will certainly allow a great child actor to have a breakthrough role, and maybe even become another young Oscar contender. As one review says on Amazon, "More than a story of survival, it's a time-tempered reckoning with what it means to be a father and a son." Penn's last bout with father and son relationships resulted in the gorgeous, existential drama Tree of Life, so it'll be interesting to see what he does with this dynamic within his own film. Variety says, seals are still being finalized for both Brolin and Penn but it looks like the film will shoot sometime early in 2013.

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