Friday, 3 August 2007

Jared Leto is Mr. Nobody

And I am not being mean.

Jared Leto and Sarah Polley will star in Mr. Nobody, a romantic drama from writer-director Jaco Van Dormael.
The story, said to be inspired by the so-called ‘butterfly effect', is about Nemo Nobody who leads an ordinary existence at his wife's side, Elise, and their 3 children until the day when reality skids and he wakes up as an old man in the year 2092.
At 120, Mr. Nobody is both the oldest man in the world and the last mortal of a new mankind where nobody dies anymore. But that doesn't seem to interest or bother him very much. The only questions that preoccupy him in the present is whether he lived the right life for himself, loved the woman whom he was supposed to love, and had the children whom he was meant to have... now his purpose is to find the right answer.

The film will be the Belgian Dormael's first English-language feature project.
His last movie, 1996's Le huitieme jour was a Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm nominee. Shooting is scheduled to begin next week.

Now this sounds like it could be interesting. Leto has not impressed me since “Requiem for a Dream” so lets hope he is up to the challenge, as this sounds like it could be a very difficult role to wrap your head around. As we saw in “Panic Room” he does have a tendency to over-act (my word was he ever annoying in that movie). Let us hope it is more along the lines of Hugh Jackman in “The Fountain” (although my doubts are high)

Polley on the other hand is one of those actresses that hardly stumble. Although she tends towards rather sad and quiet material, she has a face that I could watch for days, so I am looking forward to seeing what she does with the material.
Since the very brief plot outline makes it sound like it could be a weepy, expect her to be restrained enough to really tug at the heart strings with emotional honesty (“My Life Without Me” still haunts me). Plus she is having a stellar time this year, with her directing debut garnering raves.
It is only a matter of time before she is justly rewarded by her peers.

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