Herzog's 'Vernon God Little' Will Feature Mike Tyson & Pam Anderson
Yes, director Werner Herzog is directing a film called Vernon God Little, and he's commissioned the incomparable talents of Mike Tyson and Pamela Anderson to join the cast. No, you're not stuck in some sort of weird alternate universe, this is real news. THR reports that Tyson and Anderson are in talks to join the film based on DBC Pierre’s satirical novel of the same name, which takes place in the aftermath of a tragic school shooting. Of course, Herzog isn't just using D-list talents to bring the story to life since Russell Brand is also in talks to join the film which will actually be led by 17-year-old Austin Abrams.
The story takes place in the border town of Martirio, Texas and follows a school shooting by a boy named Jesus Navarro, a bullied loner who guns down six classmates before shooting himself. Our title character is his one and only friend who sees the whole incident, but then becomes a suspect. Sasha Pieterse ("Pretty Little Liars") will also star in the film as a beautiful girl who is the self-absorbed object of Vernon’s affections, while Brand is playing a charming but manipulative reporter who is willing to betray anyone in order to get a fresh angle on the hot-button school shooting story.
The aftermath of this tragedy actually becomes a dark comedy with social commentary on our country's obsession with fame, violence and materialism. We suppose using names like Mike Tyson and Pamela Anderson might heighten the satire, depending on what kind of characters they play, but this feels like it borders on the making of a parody like Scary Movie or something. Anyway, this is all in the hands of Werner Herzog, so who knows what this will be. At the very least, it sounds like something original and provocative. The film is being sold in Berlin right now, so we'll see if we even hear about it again.