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Michael Keaton is a Washed Up Comic Book Movie Star in 'Birdman'

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March 5, 2013
Source: THR

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Towards the end of 2012, we heard that 21 Grams, Babel and Amores Perros director Alejando González Iñárritu would try his hand at comedy with a new film called Birdman set up at Fox Searchlight and New Regency. The project, described as a dark comedy, follows a former actor, who once played an iconic superhero, as he decides to take on a Broadway play based on a short story by Raymond Chandler in order to reclaim past glory. Now the perfect man has been found for the role as THR reports Michael Keaton, who once played Batman for director Tim Burton, has taken the lead role of the comic book movie star.

In addition, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis have also landed roles in the film. Stone is playing Keaton's daughter who has just gotten out of rehab and is now acting as his assistant. Meanwhile, in the area of the Broadway play, Watts is playing one of the actresses and Galifianakis is playing the producer. One major part that still needs to be cast is that of the egotistical leading man who threatens to send the whole production down the toilet. Keaton's ex-wife still needs to be cast for the film as well. The film is expected to start shooting in April.

As a huge fan of Iñárritu's films, having Keaton taking on a meta role like this sounds spectacular. Plus, it's awesome to see Iñárritu rounding up some of the biggest comedy stars like Stone and Galifianakis for a film that promises to be something to behold. This could be something that helps turn Keaton's career around along with his turn as the villain in RoboCop, maybe even a boost long the lines of John Travolta in Pulp Fiction. We'll definitely be keeping our eyes on this one, so stay tuned as more information surfaces.

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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments

1

awsome idea

yoddle on Mar 5, 2013

2

I'm just happy to see Keaton getting work again. such a talented and underrated actor.

Dalinkwent on Mar 5, 2013

3

Love his work.

bozo connors on Mar 6, 2013

4

*Whispers* "I'm Batman"

FFahcs Yorec on Mar 6, 2013

5

"Michael Keaton is a Washed Up Comic Book Movie Star in 'Birdman'" So what role is he playing? *rimshot*

福 赐 天上 on Mar 5, 2013

6

lol - but have noticed his absence as of late. Good to see him working again.

bozo connors on Mar 6, 2013

7

I was hoping for Harvey Birdman...

Morvidus on Mar 5, 2013

8

Misleading I thought it was Harvey Birdman.

tito on Mar 5, 2013

9

Sweet! Ray Nicolette is back in action!

NicelyBuilt on Mar 7, 2013

10

aint too proud to beg...good job keaton

rich64bit on Mar 7, 2013

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