Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton and Emma Stone to Star in 'Birdman'
Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's dark comedy piece follows a former actor as he mounts a Broadway play based on a Raymond Chandler short story.
As opposed to his usual soul-searing dramas, Birdman is a dark comedy piece follows a former actor, who once played an iconic superhero, as he mounts a Broadway play based on a Raymond Chandler short story in a bid to reclaim past glory. However, the play’s egotistical leading man threatens to throw everything down the tubes.
Keaton, who ironically played Batman in the early 1990s Tim Burton movies, is the comic book movie star trying to regain his credibility.
Stone will play Keaton’s daughter, fresh from rehab and now his assistant.
Watts will be an actress in the play while Galifianakis will play the production's conniving producer.[....read on after the cut]
The other main parts to be cast include the play’s leading man and the ex-wife.
Innaritu co-wrote the script with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo. Inarritu is producing with Robert Graf and John Lesher.
An early April production start is being eyed.
Stone is currently shooting The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and is attached to star in Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak while Watts, who worked with Innaritu on 2003's 21 Grams, is coming off an Oscar nomination for her performance in Summit’s The Impossible.
Galifianakis next reprises his breakout role as Wolf Pack member Alan in The Hangover III while Keaton recently wrapped shooting a turn in MGM’s remake of Robocop.
Stone is repped by WME, Anonymous Content, and Ziffren Brittenham while Watts is repped by CAA, Untitled and Hanson Jacobson.
Galifianakis is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Morris Yorn. Keaton is repped by ICM and Ziffren Brittenham.
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