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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's 'Birdman' Adds Edward Norton to Strong Cast UPDATE

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood March 5, 2013 at 8:02PM

UPDATE: Edward Norton has joined the already impressive cast of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's comedy "Birdman." He will play an egotistical actor leading a theatrical production based on an iconic superhero that Michael Keaton's movie star character originated.
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Edward Norton in "The Bourne Legacy"
Edward Norton in "The Bourne Legacy"

UPDATE: Edward Norton has joined the already impressive cast of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's comedy "Birdman." He will play an egotistical actor leading a theatrical production based on an iconic superhero that Michael Keaton's movie star character originated. 

EARLIER: Inarritu's upcoming film "Birdman" acquires a cast that includes Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis and Naomi Watts. The director of "Biutiful," "Babel," and "21 Grams" is well used to dark, but this will be his first attempt at dark comedy. The movie is about a has-been actor, famous for playing a superhero, who now attempts to star in a Broadway play based on the Raymond Carver short story. Keaton, who starred as Batman in Tim Burton's 1989 and 1992 films, will play the main character. Stone stars as Keaton's character's daughter, Watts will play an actress in the play, and Galifianakis stars as the producer. Production should start in April.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.