James Marsden, Michael C. Hall & More Heading to 'The Dead Circus'

March 30, 2011
Source: Deadline

James Marsden / Michael C. Hall

We just learned that he might become one of The Three Stooges for Bobby and Peter Farrelly's long-gestating big screen adaptation, but now James Marsden is taking on an even stranger role. Deadline reports the actor will play infamous criminal Charles Manson in The Dead Circus, a drama that crafts a fictitious storyline surrounding the mysterious death of I Fought The Law singer Bobby Fuller. Joining Marsden in the peculiar film will be Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") and Oscar winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter). Adam Davenport wrote the script and will also make his directorial debut with the project.

The events surrounding Fuller's death are a real-life mystery, and this film aims to create a story around that event. After Fuller's song became a hit back in 1966, a week later the 23-year old singer was found dead. Though his death was ruled a suicide, it seems a little strange that his body showed signs of being battered, and gasoline had been poured down his throat. The story follows a grieving screenwriter (a role not yet cast) who attempts to solve the mystery of the singer's death. Meanwhile, Leo will play a Manson Family matriarch who comes out of hiding five years after the murder to reveal to the writer that the answer to his questions might be found in 16 mm snuff films buried in Death Valley. Finally, Hall is playing one of Fuller's managers.

As weird as this story sounds, it's nice to hear about something original being made (production starts this summer) with such a stellar cast. Marsden seems to be taking a lot of risks lately with his career moving from a family film like Hop (opening this weekend), to a struggling comedy like The Three Stooges and now this. Of course Hall has been great in his cable television run on "Dexter" so it will be nice to see them on the big screen again. As for Leo, her performances in The Fighter and Red State have required that I give her my full attention. So count me interested. How about you?

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awesome; Michael C. Hall is the shit in Dexter and Six Feet Under. I'll be there for The Dead Circus based on premise + casting alone.

crumb on Mar 30, 2011



Linda L on Mar 30, 2011


I like the sound of this. I think Marsden is underrated and for some reason I could totally see him as Manson. Plus Hall? I'm in.

Traveler on Mar 30, 2011


So is this film insinuating Manson murdered Fuller? Thought I read somewhere that Manson really wanted to be a popular singer.

Djscontrino on Mar 31, 2011


wtf? Michael C.Hall would be fucking perfect as charles manson since his role in dexter,why was james marsden chosen instead of him. So stupid

Mwoodall9525 on Mar 31, 2011


Michael C. Hall will be fabulous in whatever he does. He's one of the best actors around right now. I will be waiting and ready to see this movie when it hits the theaters!!!!

Anichols on Mar 31, 2011



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Casting Academy Award winner Melissa Leo as a Manson family matriarch in "The Dead Circus" guarantees the success of the film and guarantees another Oscar for Melissa. As Melissa's unpaid press agent who would like to see the media discussing Melissa and "The Dead Circus" 24/7 for the next year, I would urge Melissa to call an immediate news conference to announce that she is inviting the real Charles Manson to be her "Oscar date" next year. The studio would then petitiion Governor Brown to release Manson from prison for the one night. The media will go nuts! They will talk of nothing else. Larry King will come out of retirement to interview Melissa and Manson in Manson's prison cell. The Academy, fearful that Manson might actually show up, will announce in advance that Melissa has been unanimously awarded her Oscar. Charlie Sheen will proclaim that "Melissa Leo has tiger blood." Joan Rivers, Ryan Seacrest and "The Fashion Police" will spend hours comparing Manson's prison uniforms ro current fashions. People will flock the the theaters to see "The Dead Circus." Ratings for the Oscar Telecast will soar. As Charlie Sheen would say: "DUH, WINNING!"

Anonymous on Apr 17, 2011

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