First Look: Edward Norton Times Two in Leaves of Grass
by Alex Billington
November 14, 2008
This isn't actually the very first time we've seen anything from Tim Blake Nelson's Leaves of Grass, considering we did debut a teaser poster back in September. But now that production has wrapped and the film is moving into post-production, we get to see an actual photo that features both versions of Edward Norton. For some clarification, Norton stars in Leaves of Grass as two different brothers. One is a college professor, the other is his identical twin, a hedonistic, pot smoking career criminal. The professor heads home to Oklahoma and ends up wrapped up in a doomed scheme involving the local drug lord.
I'm really not sure how this is even going to be pulled off, but I'm very curious to see it. Edward Norton vs Edward Norton?! We sort of got that in Fight Club - now we'll actually get to see it!
Leaves of Grass is both written and directed by fellow actor Tim Blake Nelson, who directed Eye of God and The Grey Zone previously. In addition to Norton, Tim Blake Nelson will play a best friend, Susan Sarandon will play the eccentric mother of the two brothers, Keri Russell will play a love interest, and Richard Dreyfuss will play the local drug lord. Honestly, this whole concept sounds crazy enough to actually work. I'll definitely be waiting to hear a lot more about this. Maybe it'll show up at Sundance next January? Currently the film is scheduled to hit theaters sometime in 2010. A long wait, but it may be worth it.
Reader Feedback - 13 Comments
I like all of Edward Norton movies. No matter what movies he is playing in.
Nadine Holt on Nov 14, 2008
Scott McHenry on Nov 14, 2008
@#1 i second that
Thomas on Nov 14, 2008
Is this supposed to be some sort of a remake of Adaptation?
The Real Alex on Nov 15, 2008
I was going to ask if I was the only one to see the title of this movie and think, "How the hell are they going to make a movie out of Walt Whitman?" But I knew that the answer would be yes. I love Edward Norton, he's a brilliant actor. I'm happy to watch him in whatever he stars in.
Lady Aerin on Nov 15, 2008
This should be easy for him after Primal Fear. Did anyone see Primal Fear? He was spectacular in that. Go out and get it now if you haven't seen it. Well worth your time.
JL on Nov 15, 2008
YES!!!! #6 primal fear is one of his best films!! I loved that movie so much and yet no one seems to know about it Im so glad Im not the only one!! and richard gere ( is that how you spell his name?) was alright too. man that movie is good.
tyler wilson on Nov 15, 2008
he rocks hes, the greatest actor ever.
Padme on Nov 16, 2008
Strange casting line up though...
Conrad on Nov 16, 2008
So Parent Trap meets Pineapple Express with the feel of Fight Club? 😛 that's my first thought of this. my second thought is 'yes! Another Ed Norton movie!'
dave13 on Nov 16, 2008
I was about to give up on films; just couldn't find anything to surpass the few I love ie anything Anthony Hopkins was in. I saw Red Dragon which caught my attention. Edward Norton...hummm...sounds familiar...better check this guy out...yes I remember Primal Fear...better watch it again. Holy crap! I was completely blown away. The man is unbelievably second to none. I have watched all his films and concluded that he is a dead ringer, a sure thing, just what the industry needs. American History X is so amazingly real, and 25th Hour a mind boggle. Then there's Down In The Valley and of course The Illusionist off the top of my head. He has great synergy with Matt Damon as well as Brad Pitt in films he did with them. He just pumps the films out one right after another and each film he chooses to do always has a message. When he lost his Mom in '96 he kept on going and put all that pain into anything he touched. I am amazed at him. Ed Norton completely morphs; he becomes the part. I wish I could just be in the same room with him to feel his energy. He is real, caring, humble, and about as egoless as any actor in Hollywood or New York or wherever. The paparazzi can't touch him---he stays busy, centered and out of the way of BS it seems. He puts his heart into caring about our earth and spends lots of his own money and time doing what he can for the cause of saving our US and our planet. He is truly blessed to be doing exactly what he was put here to do and fulfill his passion. Thank you Ed for your continual excellence in whatever you pursue in the industry. I wish you whatever you crave in life and I eagerly anticipate staying with you throughout your career which will soar, no doubt.
KJ Gratteau on Nov 20, 2008
that's KJ Gratteau from Seattle
KJ Gratteau on Nov 21, 2008
Edward Norton is a superstar in my heart. So I enjoy every movie of he plays.
Joanna Spilioti on Jul 1, 2009
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