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Casting Watch: Elisabeth Moss and Jason Schwartzman to Star in Alex Ross Perry's 'Listen Up Philip'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 30, 2013 at 12:52PM

Elisabeth Moss and Jason Schwartzman are set to star in "Listen Up Philip," the next film by indie director Alex Ross Perry ("The Color Wheel"). The project is set in New York, and centers on a newly successful writer (Schwartzman) whose harmful life decisions seriously affect his photographer girlfriend (Moss).
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Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss and Jason Schwartzman are set to star in "Listen Up Philip," the next film by indie director Alex Ross Perry ("The Color Wheel"). The project is set in New York, and centers on a newly successful writer (Schwartzman) whose harmful life decisions seriously affect his photographer girlfriend (Moss).

Shot in black and white, Perry's acerbic "The Color Wheel" was a smart, difficult film featuring largely unlikable characters in increasingly uncomfortable situations (watch the trailer below), with themes of incest and self-loathing playing key roles in the story. Perry starred as one of the two leads. It will be fascinating to see where he goes with higher-profile actors like Moss and Schwartzman.

Perry states of the New York setting: “As I enter my 10th year in the city—and thus finally become a real New Yorker—I finally feel ready to make an impression on the grand and treasured history of New York movies.”

Moss was recently nominated for two Emmys, for her roles in "Mad Men" and "Top of the Lake." Schwartzman was seen in 2012's "Moonrise Kingdom," and has Wes Anderson's next film "The Grand Budapest Hotel" in the pipeline, as well as Disney's Oscar hopeful "Saving Mr. Banks."

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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.