By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist February 16, 2011 at 1:56AM
The Berlin Film Festival always brings a ton of news as independent producers shop around for pre-sales, and the latest project to be revealed is an intriguing, if odd-sounding drama, with an eclectic cast. Screen Daily reports that Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson and Lenny Kravitz are all attached to star in "The Blind Bastard Club," which will begin filming in April.
The project follows a group of blind people "who live life on the edge... going to the shooting range, jumping out of planes, getting into fights in bars, and pretending they're not blind." Central are Jake, the group's leader, and Angel, a rollerblading call girl, who "both look to make the ultimate sacrifice for love." There's no word on exactly which roles Kravitz, Rourke and Dawson will take, as well as fellow cast members Rodrigo Santoro ("300") and Riccardo Scamarcio ("Romanzo Criminale"), but our guess is that Kravitz will play Jake, and Dawson will play Angel.
Rising director, and cousin of Borat, Ash Baron-Cohen ("This Girl's Life") will direct the film, which was originally to be filmed in New Orleans, but will now go before cameras in Brazil, where Kravitz is a megastar, with Donald K. Ranvaud ("City of God," "Central Station") executive producing.
With the exception of Kravitz, who hasn't quite convinced us as an actor, it's a strong cast, and frankly, the more films Kravitz makes, the less time he spends in the recording studio, so we're prepared to make that sacrifice. With shooting starting in April, we imagine this'll surface in theaters sometime in 2012.