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Werner Herzog Lines Up Russell Brand, Pamela Anderson and Mike Tyson for 'Vernon God Little'

Photo of Beth Hanna 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.
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Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog

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.

Russell Brand
Russell Brand

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.

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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.