When we put together our "where are they now" list of directors who'd gone years without making a film
, one of the ones who didn't quite make the cut, but came very close, was Steven Shainberg
. The filmmaker's second film "Secretary
" was one of the more enduring indie cult classics of the first half of the '00s, but his follow-up, "Fur
," with Nicole Kidman
and Robert Downey Jr.
, wasn't embraced by either critics or audiences, and seven years have passed since that film.
Much of that time has been spent trying to make the comedy-drama "The Big Shoe
," about a foot-fetishist who's also a gifted shoe designer trying to get away from his overbearing family. A few years ago, the film was attracting the attention
of Joaquin Phoenix
and Mia Wasikowska
, but never quite came together. Fortunately, it got a new lease on life last year as Jim Sturgess took the lead role
. And now two more high-profile cast members have joined, as Deadline
reports that Kristen Stewart
and Elizabeth Banks
have come on board the film.
Banks will play a psychotherapist hired by Sturgess' character's family, while Stewart will play his muse, Delphi. Interestingly, there's no mention of Susan Sarandon
, who last year was mentioned as playing Sturgess' mother -- presumably she's fallen off the film. The film's being shopped at the European Film Market
in Berlin this week, and hopefully financing will come together fairly quickly; it sounds like a fitting successor to "Secretary," and with a pretty promising cast.