Edward Norton signs on for Leaves of Grass

December 5th, 2007 - 2:55 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Dec 5 (ANI): Edward Norton has signed on to star in comedic thriller Leaves of Grass.

The actor is now set to play dual roles in the movie, to be directed by Tim Blake Nelson.

Nelson not only wrote the script, but will be acting in the pic as well, reports Variety.

Norton will play identical twins in the movie, one an Ivy League classics professor and the other a hedonistic pot-smoking career criminal.

Barbarian Films will finance the pic, with the actor, his Class 5 Films partner Bill Migliore, and Nelson producing it.

Norton revealed that he was looking forward to starting work on the movie, especially after Nelson wrote the part especially for him.

“The challenge of playing twins for an actor is very special, and I was very flattered that Tim sent ‘Leaves of Grass’ to me. I liked it so much, and felt so strongly that it was a film Tim understood to his core, that I took it to my partners and suggested we produce it. This is exactly the kind of personal filmmaking that we set out to support,” the trade magazine quoted him, as saying.

Nelson, for his part, said Norton “would have been my first choice for either of these roles.”

He added that if the actor had said no, “there would have been no second choice.”

Norton will next be seen in the Gavin O’Connor-directed Gotham cop drama “Pride and Glory,” which New Line opens in March. (ANI)

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