Zachary Quinto to Star in Spielberg's George Gershwin Biopic

January 31, 2010
Source: Deadline Hollywood

George Gershwin / Zachary Quinto

Although much praise followed Zachary Quinto's breakout role as Spock in last summer's Star Trek, in a recent interview with Wired, Quinto said that aside from filming the sequel, he would be taking a two year break from the franchise ("no conventions, no anything for a while”) until it's time to promote the sequel. Wanting to venture into "other areas and other styles of storytelling," we now know, courtesy of Deadline that one of those areas involves him starring in the Steven Spielberg produced biopic about composer George Gershwin, which is one of three projects Spielberg is also looking to direct for his next feature.

Written by Doug Wright, the story will span Gershwin's life, from his humble beginnings in Brooklyn as the child of Russian immigrants to his death in Hollywood in 1937 at age 38. Since Spielberg dropped out of Harvey back in December, we've been waiting to hear what he would take on instead, so it's good to hear that he at least has it narrowed down. A biopic like this would definitely be a nice cool down after directing big flicks like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the forthcoming Peter Jackson collaboration The Adventures of Tintin. Of course I'm infinitely more curious about what the other films he's considering could be. Maybe finally the Abraham Lincoln biopic? I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.

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I wouldn't mind seeing Quinto in this role, seems like he could pull it off.

Xerxex on Jan 31, 2010


I am excited to see Quinto in more things. He is brilliantly evil as Sylar and added an interesting depth to the character of Spock. I think a role like this could thrust him into the mainstream as a rising star.

Jordan on Jan 31, 2010


Spielberg could pull a Ledger-as-The-Joker performance out of Quinto...

Dreckent on Feb 1, 2010


Very interesting (as Spock would say). Quinto's a skilled actor and this would allow him to stretch his talents in new directions. Spielberg, Gershwin, and Quinto sounds like a win to me.

jenny on Feb 1, 2010


I hope the movie captures the real drama of Gershwin's life, especially in his final years. His death at 38 from a brain tumor was not merely the tragedy of a sudden illness that robbed him of his life and us of him and the works he would have composed. The drama of this tragedy lay in the way he was treated--mistreated--by some of the people closest to him, both friends and family. It will take some bravery on Spielberg's part to tell the story the way it actually happened.

Walter Rimler on Feb 1, 2010


No Steve, please no. - Jake Yenor

Jake Yenor on Feb 2, 2010


Steve, get to work on Lincoln and Interstellar for fuck's sake.

SlashBeast on Mar 17, 2010

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