Dane DeHaan & Rooney Mara Get Musical in the 1920s with 'Ziggy'
Over the past few years, both Rooney Mara and Dane DeHaan have become quite the impressive young actors, with the former making waves in The Social Network, Ain't Them Bodies Saints and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the latter breaking through with Chronicle and expanding with Kill Your Darlings, Life After Beth and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now the two will team up in a completely different genre for both of them as THR reports DeHaan and Mara will star in a 1920s set musical called Ziggy, which will be directed by Australian filmmaker Diesel Schwarze, a protégé of Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann.
The film will follow the rise and fall of the title character (DeHaan), a hunchback escape artist who arrives in New York during the mass-culture boom of the late 1920s and falls in love with the fiancée (Mara) of a powerful media mogul. Sounds like a classic stage musical to be honest. But it sounds like this might have the contemporary flare of The Great Gatsby when it comes to music as Alex Da Kid, a Grammy nominated producer and songwriter who has worked with Eminem, Dr. Dre, Rihanna, Imagine Dragons, Nicki Minaj and more is working on the soundtrack.
Diesel previously worked with Luhrmann on Moulin Rouge and also the Broadway production of La Boheme, but he has also had a lucrative career directing commercials under the name August Punch. One of his frequent collaborators also trained with one of the best as his production designer Alexandra Bolton trained under Luhrmann's wife Catherine Martin, who has won four Oscars for her work. Diesel also wrote the script and producers Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof say it's "an incredibly beautiful and ambitious story." If it's anything like Luhrmann's work, I can't wait to see it. How about you?