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Amy Ryan Set For Birdman
She's joining the dark theatre comedy

13 March 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Usually when we get dribbled casting announcements like this, it’s for the latest superhero or science fiction blockbuster, not a dark comedy that Babel’s Alejandro González Iñárritu is directing. Still, Birdman features a story about a man who used to play a superhero, so we’ll allow it. And when the casting is as solid as Amy Ryan, we’re happy to spread the word.

In fact, Iñárritu is assembling a prime cast for a film that definitely has our interest. Michael Keaton is starring as an actor whose career has seen better days, weighed down with typecasting since he played a superhero years ago.

Looking to get himself back in the game, he decides to direct a play based on a Raymond Chandler short story. But his plan is hardly made easier by his egotistical lead actor (Edward Norton), the conniving producer (Zach Galifianakis) or his out-of-rehab assistant daughter (Emma Stone). Naomi Watts and Andrea Riseborough are also aboard as actors in the play, and now Ryan will be Keaton’s long-suffering ex-wife.

Ryan has been in demand of late, working on Atom Egoyan’s West Memphis Three drama Devil’s Knot, Greg Mottola’s Clear History and Drake Doremus’ Breathe In. She’ll also appear alongside Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Tomb.


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Internationally famed & 2-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts who has worked 2 times before w/ Inarritu as director in 21 Grams & as producer in Mother & Child respectively, is in this film playing an actor, yet here she is only referred to casually as "also abroad" pairing with some starlet called Andrea Riseborough. An acclaimed and talented actress is once again taken for granted and dismissed as if she is not even comparable to those other properly listed and introduced be More

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