Thursday, July 11, 2019

Gary Oldman to Star in David Fincher's Biopic MANK

Gary Oldman to Star in David Fincher's Biopic MANK
Oscar winner Gary Oldman ("Darkest Hour") has signed on to star as "Citizen Kane" co-writer Herman Mankiewicz in the upcoming Netflix biopic "Mank". The film will be directed by David Fincher ("The Social Network", "Gone Girl").

The period film tells the story of Herman Mankiewicz, whose nickname was "Mank", a newspaper man-turned-screenwriter who co-wrote "Citizen Kane" with Orson Welles. Mankiewicz was famous for his satirical and witty writing style, and worked on classics like "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), "The Pride of the Yankees" (1942) and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953), among many others.

He won an Academy Award along with Welles for his "Citizen Kane" script, but there was a bit of controversy surrounding the 1941 classic as Mankiewicz accused Welles of trying to push him out of the limelight, even saying that the filmmaker offered to pay him off in exchange for sole credit.

The biopic's screenplay was written by Fincher's father Jack Fincher, also a newspaper man, and it took the filmmaker over 20 years to bring the story to the big screen. Fincher originally intended to make the film after finishing the 1997 thriller "The Game".

"Mank" will be shot in black-and-white, and will be produced by Fincher's longtime collaborator Cean Chaffin, and "Darkest Hour" producer Douglas Urbanski. This will be Fincher's first feature film directorial project since 2014's "Gone Girl".

Oldman is also set to star in Steven Soderbergh's drama "The Laundromat" opposite Meryl Streep.


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