By Jack Rico
After his somber and why not, most depressing films of 2011 in “Biutiful,” one of the greatest Mexican directors in film, Alejandro González Iñárritu is giving a people a chance to smile with his first comedy called “Birdman”.
Filming has already begun in New York City and per the executives at Fox Seachlight, “We’ve been mesmerized by Alejandro’s work for years,” Claudia Lewis, Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production said. “We’re honored to work with this visionary auteur on his imaginative and original dark comedy,”
The film also known as “The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” follows the story of a former actor – played by Michael Keaton – who was famous for portraying an iconic superhero but now struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the time leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his golden days, and himself.
The movie will also star Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan and Andrea Riseborough.
Interestingly, Iñárritu did not cast one single Latino actor in a lead role, something rare if not right down shocking. All his previous films possessed an actor of Caribbean, South American or Spanish descent – Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful.
“Birdman” is a bold move for a director not known for having comic sensibilities. Iñárritu, whose area of expertise is drama, will make an attempt at creating high quality humor. He has the potential to succeed largely due to the solid veteran actors at his side. “It is thrilling to have such a talented cast to bring this script to life,” Iñárritu said. Him making a comedy in NYC will remind some of a certain Woody Allen who has packed his bags for Europe as of late and perhaps might be able to fill his shoes while he’s gone.
Since the film is being shot in our backyard, you might see in the coming weeks, pictures of the shoot, if we’re lucky enough. The director co-wrote the script with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo; and will produce the film along with John Lesher.