Wagner Moura Set to Play Titular Director in 'Fellini Black and White'
The work of Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini is studied in film schools and appreciated by cinephiles the world round, but there's one part of his career that is a large unknown. In Los Angeles, in March of 1957, Fellini made his first journey to the United States to attend the Oscars. However, the director went missing for 48 hours and almost didn't make it to the ceremony himself. Now a new film called Fellini Black and White attempts to explain (though not necessarily with any factual evidence) what happened in those two days before the director went back to Italy. Even greater, though, is the supporting cast of the film. Read on!
Variety reports Brazilian actor Wagner Moura, star of the Elite Squad action film series, is set to play Fellini with "Homeland" producer Henry Bromell directing from a script he wrote himself. In addition, the supporting cast includes Terrence Howard along with "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage and "Shameless" star and character actor William H. Macy. In the film that will likely allude to certain aspects of his future work, Fellini will discover the jazz and surf scenes and falls for a veterinarian while his wife tries to drown her sorrows by cavorting with Ricky Nelson. Howard is playing a jazz musician who gives Fellini a royal introduction to the music and scene, Macy play's the filmmaker's publicist and Dinklage is playing the lover of the veterinarian.
This souns like a truly original film that might be just as peculiar and fun as some of Fellini's classic work like La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2. The film has been a passion project for awhile, and the fact that this is coming from Andrew Lazar, usually behind bigger films like Get Smart and the gestating live-action take on Akira, really makes me think this is a fantastic film worth supporting to finally get off the ground. This could very well be another stepping stone for Moura's fame who has gotten acclaim for his work in Elite Squad, and will be the villain in Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi film Elysium. Frankly, since Fellini is my favorite director, this is something I'm extremely excited to see sooner than later.