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Charlie Kaufman Lands A Cast
For his directorial debut, Synedoche

11 January 2007  |  Written by   |  Source: Hollywood Reporter

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He’s the writer’s writer, the man with the strangest and most spotless mind in Hollywood, and now he’s turning to directing. Charlie Kaufman has been working on his debut project, Synedoche, New York for some time now – but he’s just announced the cast that are in talks to enter his weird and wonderful world.
 
Philip Seymour Hoffman, fresh from Oscar success and bad-guy duties in Mission: Impossible III, will take the lead role as a theatre director, who attempts to put on a play set in a life-size replica of New York inside a huge, empty warehouse (we’re guessing that’s not the whole of New York, just a bit of it; but with Kaufman, who knows?). Being John Malkovich’s Catherine Keener will play his first wife, and Brokeback Mountain’s Michelle Williams will play his second. Samantha Morton is his sometime lover, with Tilda Swinton as Keener’s best friend, and the dubious mentor to the daughter of Hoffman and Keener’s characters.
 
It’s an interesting line-up of Oscar regulars and indie darlings, but we have to admit that the casting of Williams as Hoffman’s wife, and the sheer number of beautiful actresses swarming around a New York intellectual (we’re guessing) does mean that it smacks somewhat of Woody Allen. Still, only time will tell. Interestingly, both Williams and Keener also have voice roles in Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are.
 
Kaufman is also, of course, writing the script, and is producing alongside old sparring partner Spike Jonze. So better start exercising your brain, learning your way around Dali paintings and quite possibly experimenting with noxious substances to get ready for what is bound to be another mind-bending oddity.

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Now, this is news.
Enough with what Venom's going to look like, the fact the Charlie Kaufman is directing a film is something to look forward to. His films are definitely intropective and off kilter, but boring? No way! You can never be certain what will happen next, whereas you can be sure what will happen in almost every summer movie that is filling up the space here- conflict and resolution, fists/swords/symbiotes whatever, it's the same story. This will be unique, even if it is a horrible failure. I will be th More

Posted by DGE Fuller at 22:55 on 14 January 2007 | Report This Post

Woah!! does this sound dull? (it's a rhetorical question)
Kaufman may be well loved by luvvies, but the films that result from his scripts are such dull, slow introspective yawn-athons. Here is a great idea, how about featuring a coherent plot for a change? You never know people might go and see it !!! More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 22:59 on 11 January 2007 | Report This Post

It's Gonna Be Big
Charlie Kaufman is back and i couldn't be happier this is gonna be a great film and i'm sure that Oscar will give him the nod once again. More

Posted by matthewforan at 19:55 on 11 January 2007 | Report This Post

spelling?
Shouldn't that be "synecdoche" (with an extra 'c')? As in a figure of speech where the part is used to represent the whole (or vice versa)? More

Posted by myschaefer1920 at 18:43 on 11 January 2007 | Report This Post

Sweet
I'm hoping this is going to be as brilliant as it sounds like it could be. Kaufman is an amazing writer, and with names like Spike Jonze, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener also in the picture, then this should be a peach. More

Posted by Jack'sSmirkinRevenge at 13:56 on 11 January 2007 | Report This Post


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