John Cusack Stays Busy with 'Maps to the Stars' and 'Love & Mercy'
In the past six months, John Cusack has become attached to a good handful of future projects. One project has him tackling conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh, while another has him taking to the skies in a thriller called Airspace. In addition, he's also supposed do another Stephen King adaptation with Cell. Now Cusack is attached to two more projects as Deadline has pegged him as a new cast member in David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars which stars the director's Cosmopolis lead Robert Pattinson, and The Wrap says he's joined the biopic of Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson along with Paul Dano. Read on!
With Map to the Stars, the Cronenberg film has been in the words for a little while with Rachel Weisz once attached, but recently dropping from the film. The film was originally going to start shooting next month, but Cronenberg is taking an acting role in Luca Guadagnino's film I Am Love, an adaptation of Don DeLillo's The Body Artist which shoots this summer. But the film will still happen sometime down the road, and Cusack is one of the latest cast members to join along with Julianne Moore and Sarah Gadon. No plot details have been divulged, but the film is supposed to dive into the culture of celebrities and Hollywood, and Deadline says there's a ghost story element as well. Hopefully we'll know more soon..
Meanwhile, we've known that Paul Dano was lined up to play a young Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys in the biopic Love & Mercy. He's not not being replaced by Cusack now, but they will both be playing the musician at different ages in his life. Oren Moverman (Rampart, The Messenger) is directing the film that looks at Wilson's battle with mental illness, chronicling many seminal moments over several decades of his life. It's an all encompassing biopic showing his personal struggles and musical talents. It's interesting that this project is happening while Aaron Eckhart is also starring in a film about Brian Wilson's brother Dennis, the drummer of the Beach Boys. As a bonus, Atticus Ross (The Social Network co-composer), is working on the sound design, so that's pretty cool.
We'll next see Cusack as Richard Nixon in Lee Daniels' historical drama The Butler, and while it has been said that he wasn't returning for the gestating sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine, it sounds like there's a slight chance that he might be involved in some capacity. The actor most recently showed up at Roger Ebert's memorial in Chicago, where he spends a lot of time in the city, going to Cubs games, and tweeting about politics on Twitter. The guy is almost as busy as Nicolas Cage, but he doesn't seem to fail as spectacularly when the movies don't turn out well. Interested in any of these projects?