When earlier news reported that Michael Keaton is to star in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s upcoming movie Birdman, one could not help but chuckle at the delicious irony.
Keaton, famous for playing Tim Burton’s Batman back in the day, will in Birdman play an actor who – likewise – once player a similar iconic superhero. Being down on his luck, the movie’s protagonist decides to revive his failed career with a stage play based on Raymond Carver’s short story. And that’s where things go downhill, thanks to an egotistical lead actor in the play…
Such an antagonist might prove to be annoying rather than funny, but it has just been confirmed that the said character will be played by Edward Norton. Knowing the scope of his acting skills, we’re in for a treat.
With an amusing premise of a-play-within-a-movie and Inarritu as a director (21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful), Birdman was set to be an interesting, quirky comedy from the very start. Now, with a growing ensemble of talented cast, the expectations rise even more.
To recollect, apart from Keaton and Norton, Birdman is to feature Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis and Andrea Riseborough. Just like Edward Norton, Watts is to play a stage actress, while Emma Stone will take the role of Keaton’s daughter/assistant. Zach Galifianakis will play the show’s producer.
It will be intriguing to see how Inarritu – a director famous for movies that deal with human drama and tragedy – will handle a comedy. Currently in pre-production, Birdman is to be released some time in 2014.
We’ll have to get our casino games on while we’re waiting for this one! There are quite a few funny slot games out there to keep us entertained for a while.