By Simon Dang | The Playlist September 8, 2011 at 9:34AM
Jason Schwartzman To Co-Star
In the midst of Charlie Sheen's public meltdown earlier this year, the actor made an appearance on the Today Show where he claimed that, despite everything that had happened, he still had film projects at his disposal. The list included a new sequel to "Major League," a project with Nick Cassavetes and another from director Roman Coppola. Considering the fact that three days prior to that appearance, Morgan Creek CEO James Robinson had come out and denied any claim of a "Major League" sequel, we (and presumably everybody else) assumed Sheen's claims were nothing more than a side effect of whatever he might have been on that day -- even though the filmmaker's sister Sofia Coppola did reveal that her brother had something in the works.
Now, nearly seven months later, Sheen has been proven quite the honest drunk as Variety reports he will in fact star in Roman Coppola's newly unveiled, long awaited sophomore directorial effort, "A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III" with the writer-director's cousin, Jason Schwartzmann, also on board.
The project, which will re-team Coppola with his "CQ" composer Roger Neil ("Beginners," "Tanner Hall"), seems to be a perfect fit for Sheen. In what will probably play out with huge irony, the story follows a successful graphic designer whose fame, money and charm have made him irresistible to women only to have his life spiral downwards when his girlfriend breaks up with him. No word on what roles each thespian will be taking on but we're presuming Sheen will play the titular Swan III.
It doesn't take a deep look into Sheen's resume to remember the talent he had ("Platoon," "Wall Street") and to captivate audiences for the amount of time he did during that highly publicized, pointless debacle earlier this year is something commendable. This has "comeback story of the year" written all over it and having Sheen on board will surely help Coppola with whatever funding and development he still requires to get the project on the road. Here's to hoping it comes together sooner rather than later.