Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Daniel Radcliffe Is The Creator Of 'Grand Theft Auto' In Teaser Trailer 'The Gamechangers' Watch: Daniel Radcliffe Is The Creator Of 'Grand Theft Auto' In Teaser Trailer 'The Gamechangers' Watch: Amazing First Trailer For Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster' With Colin Farrell & Rachel Weisz Watch: Amazing First Trailer For Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster' With Colin Farrell & Rachel Weisz Venice Review: Cary Joji Fukunaga's 'Beasts Of No Nation' Starring Idris Elba Venice Review: Cary Joji Fukunaga's 'Beasts Of No Nation' Starring Idris Elba Cate Blanchett To Play Lucille Ball In Aaron Sorkin Penned Biopic Cate Blanchett To Play Lucille Ball In Aaron Sorkin Penned Biopic The 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival The 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival On The Rise 2015: 20 Screenwriters To Watch On The Rise 2015: 20 Screenwriters To Watch Steven Spielberg Still Worried About Blockbuster Implosion, Says Superhero Movie Trend Is Just A Phase Steven Spielberg Still Worried About Blockbuster Implosion, Says Superhero Movie Trend Is Just A Phase Review: Netflix's 'Narcos' Starring Wagner Moura And Boyd Holbrook Review: Netflix's 'Narcos' Starring Wagner Moura And Boyd Holbrook Joaquin Phoenix Says He Doesn’t Think Making A Blockbuster Would Be "Fulfilling," Calls Chris Pine "F*cking Genius" Joaquin Phoenix Says He Doesn’t Think Making A Blockbuster Would Be "Fulfilling," Calls Chris Pine "F*cking Genius" Watch: Chloe Moretz Fights The Others In First Trailer For 'The 5th Wave' Watch: Chloe Moretz Fights The Others In First Trailer For 'The 5th Wave' James Bond Author Says Idris Elba Is "Too Street" To Play 007, And Bond Is "Weak" In 'Skyfall' James Bond Author Says Idris Elba Is "Too Street" To Play 007, And Bond Is "Weak" In 'Skyfall' Cary Fukunaga Says He "Wasn't Involved" With 'True Detective' Season 2, Explains His Departure From 'It' Cary Fukunaga Says He "Wasn't Involved" With 'True Detective' Season 2, Explains His Departure From 'It' Watch: Eddie Redmayne Is 'The Danish Girl' In First Trailer For Tom Hooper's Transgender Drama Watch: Eddie Redmayne Is 'The Danish Girl' In First Trailer For Tom Hooper's Transgender Drama Review: Chris Evans' 'Before We Go' Starring Alice Eve Is Like Dating Someone Who Only Talks About Their Ex Review: Chris Evans' 'Before We Go' Starring Alice Eve Is Like Dating Someone Who Only Talks About Their Ex Fall 2015 TV Preview: Our 25 Most Anticipated Shows Fall 2015 TV Preview: Our 25 Most Anticipated Shows 'Batman v Superman' And Why Early Screening Reports Need To Be Taken With A Grain Of Kryptonite 'Batman v Superman' And Why Early Screening Reports Need To Be Taken With A Grain Of Kryptonite The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far 17 Copycat Films Spawned From Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction' 17 Copycat Films Spawned From Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction'

Alexander Payne Says He Has An Actor In Mind For 'Nebraska,' But He Still Needs To Read The Script

The Playlist By Simon Dang | The Playlist January 11, 2012 at 9:18AM

It's been known for a little while now that Alexander Payne will follow up "The Descendants" with a black-and-white road-trip film tentatively titled "Nebraska." At one stage, it was reported that a number of veterans, including the retired Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, his "About Schmidt" star Jack Nicholson and 'Descendants' co-star Robert Forster were being eyed for the the lead of the film, an aging alcholic father. It now appears that Payne is zeroing in on a lead (though no word if its any of the aforementioned actors).
3
Payne Nebraska

It's been known for a little while now that Alexander Payne will follow up "The Descendants" with a black-and-white road-trip film tentatively titled "Nebraska." At one stage, it was reported that a number of veterans, including the retired Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, his "About Schmidt" star Jack Nicholson and 'Descendants' co-star Robert Forster were being eyed for the the lead of the film, an aging alcholic father. It now appears that Payne is zeroing in on a lead (though no word if its any of the aforementioned actors).

"I cannot announce it because I don't even think the actor has received the script yet [but] it's in the process right now," the writer-director told ComingSoon. "It's a father/son road trip from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska, but it gets waylaid at a crappy town in central Nebraska where the father grew up and where he has some old scores to settle. It's just a little comedy. It's nothing fancy. Nothing too ambitious. It's a nice little comedy."

The project -- which has actually been brewing since 2004 but was put on the backburner due to Payne's run of road-trip films at the time -- was aiming for an April start date. "Nebraska" follows the story of an aloholic father who thinks he's won the Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes and takes a ride with his son to cash in the winnings. Could we be talking about another Payne film during award season this time next year? Two in two years, after a seven year absence (which he blames on ambitious political sci-fi pic "Downsizing") between "Sideways" and 'Descendants'? Yes, please.

Payne also added that he doesn't "see a lot of contemporary American films. I also look forward to being educated about more actors out there and having an actor presented to me whom I never could have imagined." Whether this is a reference to casting for this project remains to be seen, but it was noted once that Paramount is only giving him $10 million to play with, and greenlighting the film will be contingent upon getting a major star to sign on. If the April start date is still being eyed, we'll surely hear more about this very soon.

This article is related to: Nebraska, Alexander Payne


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates