Fresh off Shutter Island, Martin Scorsese is rounding up his cast for the upcoming adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. The Oscar-winning director, considered by many to be the greatest living American filmmaker, is summoning the talents of Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen to star in his upcoming project.
We know now that he and Kingsley make a fantastic team based on their Shutter Island collaboration, and the actor should have no problems portraying one of cinema’s pioneers, George Méliès. The fun part is seeing how Scorsese works with infamous comedian, Sacha Baron Cohen. Based on his performances, it is clear he is dedicated to his characters, with a passion that makes the two an intriguing team.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret has had its fair share of problems getting its feet off the ground, with directors shuffling about, and Ice Age director Chris Wedge at the helm for a short time. The story revolves around Hugo Cabret, “an orphan who lives in the walls of a Paris train station in 1930.” The book has only been in publication since 2007, yet one of film’s greatest directors is headlining the adaptation. That says something to the quality of work and nature of the story told.
George Méliès is the creator of hundreds of works, including the early film classic, A Trip To The Moon. The book his career inspired, written by Brian Selznick, is the first novel ever to be awarded the Caldecott Medal. For more on the book, be sure to check out the in-depth website. The screenplay was written by two-time Academy Award nominee John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator). The Invention of Hugo Cabret has no release date yet, but don’t be surprised if more details continue to arise in the coming months.