Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s new, semi-autobiographical movie has cast actor Sam Rechner to play a high school classmate of the young and aspiring director in the film. According to Variety, up-and-coming Australian actor will be joining an impressive ensemble cast that includes Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Paul Dano. ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ breakout Julia Butters and Gabriel LaBelle are also signed for the film. Williams will be playing a character loosely based on Spielberg’s mother, while Dano will play a stand-in for his father. Rogen will play the role of his favourite uncle. Julia Butters Roped In For the Role Inspired by Steven Spielberg’s Younger Sister in Filmmaker’s Semi-Autobiographical Film.
Rechner, who is just 19, recently appeared in ‘Ruby’s Choice’ with Jane Seymour, and will be seen in season two of the Amazon Prime Video series ‘The Wilds’, starring Rachel Griffiths. His theatre credits include leading roles in productions of ‘Animal Farm’ and ’12 Angry Men’. The untitled film will be loosely based on Spielberg’s childhood growing up as a movie-loving kid in Arizona. At age 12, Spielberg made his first home movie, which was about a train wreck involving his toy trains, before moving on to 8mm adventure films. The film is a source of great interest in Hollywood, partly due to the fact that Spielberg often applies a child-like sense of wonder to his movies. Jurassic Park Throwback: Did You Know Steven Spielberg’s Sci-fi Masterpiece Was Almost Directed by James Cameron?
Principal photography on the picture begins in July near Los Angeles, with a release planned for 2022. Spielberg co-wrote the script alongside Tony Kushner, the ‘Angels in America’ writer who previously collaborated with the director on ‘Munich’ and ‘Lincoln’. According to Variety, Spielberg, Kushner and Kristie Macosko Krieger are producing the film. Spielberg’s next movie will be a remake of ‘West Side Story’, which is due to hit theaters in December. It was originally slated to open in 2020 before COVID altered those plans.
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