The line-up for the Edinburgh International Film Festival has been announced with a few reasonably big hitters to join in the fun, including Steven Soderbergh and the world premiere of Shane Meadows’ new film, Le Donk.
The latter, which stars Paddy Considine, with whom Meadows worked on Dead Man’s Shoes, is being heavily anticipated given the reuniting of the two and the brilliance of Meadows’ last two films, This is England and Somers Town.
Mendes’ film comes from a script by Dave Eggers and The Believer-founder Vendela Vida and follows the travails of newly-pregnant couple John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph.
The festival is to be closed by Adam, a romantic drama from Max Meyer following the burgeoning relationship between a man with asberger’s syndrome and a young lady, the latter played by Damages’ Rose Byrne.
The announcements also notes some interesting in-depth interviews to take place, including ones with Darren Aronofsky, Joe Dante and Local Hero-director Bill Forsyth.
Further names have been recruited to star alongside Jonah Hill and Russell Brand in Get Him to the Greek, the spin-off from Forgetting Sarah Marshall following Aldous Snow, the rock star played by Brand in the aforementioned.
Joining are Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, Damages’ Rose Byrne and Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power’s Sean ‘P Diddy/Puff Daddy/Diddy’ Combs. Intriguing group of folks there but, I can assure you, Sean Combs’ Twitter indicates he is not too far from insane and, also, utterly hilarious.
Moss hasn’t really got much of a comedy background but she’s fantastic in Mad Men while Byrne, while awful in Knowing, is pretty good in Damages so both should be decent additions.
The screenplay has been written, unlike the Jason Segel-penned Sarah Marshall, by Marshall director Nicholas Stoller, who will also helm.
Whether this movie is a good idea remains in the air as spin-offs for peripheral characters in comedy movies often end up with said character outstaying their welcome. Hopefully Brand, who I love but can undoubtedly be something of a tit on certain days, can give enough levels to the character to prevent caricature and annoyance sinking in.