By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 7, 2014 at 1:19PM
The marvelously unpredictable Werner Herzog is assembling quite the cast for "Vernon God Little," his adaptation of the darkly comedic novel by DBC Pierre about the aftermath of a school shooting. Russell Brand, Pamela Anderson and Mike Tyson are all set with roles in the film.
These three join Austin Abrams, who will play the title role of Vernon, a teenager whose life goes to hell when his best friend shoots up a bunch of their classmates. Brand will play an unscrupulous TV reporter, Anderson will play Vernon's mother, while Tyson will play a prison-bound ax murderer.
The film is being sold in the Berlin Film Market.
Meanwhile, Herzog's still got the Gertrude Bell biopic "Queen of the Desert" in production in Morocco, with Nicole Kidman in the title role and Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence. "Vernon God Little" will get underway in April after "Queen" wraps.