We can count ourselves lucky that one of the greatest living filmmakers, Martin Scorsese, isn’t someone who makes one movie every 5-10 years. He is fairly prolific compared to a lot of other filmmakers (certainly compared to those of his caliber) and at the moment we have not one, not two, not three but FOUR projects being directed by him to look forward to.
The first one is at least the pilot episode of the upcoming HBO series Boardwalk Empire, the second is a documentary on George Harrison, the third is his Frank Sinatra biopic and the fourth is Hugo Cabret (previously The Invention of Hugo Cabret), which will be his first film done in 3D (another one bites the dust…).
Focusing on the latter, the plot is as follows:
[Hugo Cabret] tells the tale of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When Hugo encounters a broken machine, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy.
Sounds to me like a slightly more grounded-in-reality version of Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Anyone else get that vibe?
So far the cast of Hugo Cabret includes the likes of Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Chloë Moretz (Kick-Ass, Let Me In) and Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas). However, if that wasn’t impressive enough, here’s a few more names that have just been added: Jude Law, Ray Winstone and Christopher Lee. Those aren’t exactly no-name actors and I’m very excited to see them work with Scorsese (Winstone already worked with him on The Departed).
Also joining the cast are Helen McCrory (Harry Potter), Frances de la Tour (Alice in Wonderland) and Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter). Needless to say, Hugo Cabret has one great cast – not that you’d expect anything less from a Scorsese picture.
Scorsese will direct Hugo Cabret from a script by John Logan (The Aviator) and it will be produced by Graham King (The Departed), Tim Headington (Edge of Darkness), Christi Dembrowski (The Rum Diary) and Johnny Depp. This really is shaping up to be a movie to look forward to.
What do you think of the cast Scorsese has assembled so far for Hugo Cabret?
Hugo Cabret has begun filming already but it doesn’t have a release date yet.