Zachary Quinto To Star In Spielberg’s Gershwin Biopic?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 16th, 2013 at 12:53 am,

There have been a few projects that Steven Spielberg could choose as his next film ever since he dropped out of the Harvey remake. Now we hear that it could be a biopic about George Gershwin, which Dreamworks (the studio where Spielberg resides) acquired last year. And we also get word that Zachary Quinto might be playing the late composer and pianist.

Deadline Hollywood reports the news that Spock/Sylar (“Spylar”) will play Gershwin in the untitled biopic (we’re simply referring to it as George Gershwin until we hear otherwise). Gershwin was a composer and pianist who, with his brother Ira, was responsible for a dozen Broadway plays before he died at the young age of 38 in 1937. His music spanned all sorts of genres and even today you should at least recognize his most famous pieces (such as “Rhapsody in Blue”).

Dreamworks is reportedly supplying a voice coach for Quinto to help with the accent and dialogue (Gershwin was born in Brooklyn with both his parents immigrating from Russia). Star Trek 2 is set for a release in the summer of 2012, so there’s time before they need to start shooting and Quinto can easily fit in this Gershwin project (if Heroes comes back for another season that won’t shoot again for a while either). Shooting on Gershwin could begin as early as this April.

Doug Wright (Quills) has written the script and both Marc Platt (Wanted) and singer/pianist Michael Feinstein are producing. It isn’t yet confirmed that this is Spielberg’s next directing project, as it’s reportedly only one of three he’s looking at (along with The 39 Clues and his long-gestating Lincoln biopic). Deadline Hollywood says we should keep an eye out later this week for an announcement of what will be Spielberg’s pick of the three and I’d say there’s a good chance it will be this Gershwin biopic.

I’ll certainly be interested to see Quinto star in a role like this, particularly when we’ve mostly seen him in the geeky spotlight as the villain Sylar in Heroes (one of the few truly great things about that show anymore) and as Spock in J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot. Admittedly he’s not the first person I’d think of to play Gershwin but he’s a talented actor so I’m willing to bet he’ll make it work.

Do you think Quinto is the right actor to portray Gershwin in a biopic? Would you like it to be Spielberg’s next project?

As stated, George Gershwin could start shooting as early as this April. Stay tuned for more details, including a release date, as it gets announced.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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  1. i take anything that says ” next Spielberg project” with truckload of salt. He needs to focus on what is important, Indiana Jones And The Destroyer Of Worlds!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Really? An obsure composer from a hundred years ago (who only really produced 1 tune that most people are even vaguely familiar with)? THIS is a story that really needs to be told?! Surely there are hundreds of historical figures over the past couple hundred years whom have far more interesting/meaningful/incredible/interesting stories that should be told!
    But no, lets keep making movies about Jackson Pollock (Pollock), Frida Kahlo (Frida), Aileen Wuornos (Monster), Bobby Darin (Beyond the Sea), Cole Porter (De-lovely), & Truman Capote (Capote & Infamous) to name a few. THESE are the truely interesting hostorical figures that people are interested in. (Just look and the giant box office take of those movies!).

  3. Whatever happened to his Lincoln biopic?

  4. To the Samuel Goldwyn theatre at the crack of dawn, where Anne Hathaway and Academy president Tom Sherak read out this year's Oscar nominations . http://www.gucciwell.com Our hosts roll up with minimum fanfare and then retreat in haste,

  5. Wow! This looks so cool! I'm a huge Gershwin fan! (hey chosen1forlife) Gershwin is one of the most influential composers of American Music. He really pushed the boundaries when it came to Jazz and Harmonics. I Personally think it should be called “Fascinatin' Rhythm”. I really hope this comes together.

  6. I'm a huge Spielberg fan. He can do no wrong in my book. Also I think Zachary Quinto could surprise us with this and pull it off. I smell Oscars!

    Also, I'm not sure why people are freaking out about how Gershwin isn't an interesting figure for a movie! Didn't he do the musical “Crazy For You”? I was in a production of that a couple summers ago and I loved it. Great music and great story. Actually… I wouldn't mind seeing them make a movie based on that musical, but… this is good too and would probably be taken more seriously. Like I said, I can hear those little, golden statues clanging around in Quinto and Spielberg's hands. This should be a great idea.

  7. ohhh zachary. the gorgeous and talented actor.
    i vote yes. i see a future moviestar in him.

  8. I'm a huge Spielberg fan. He can do no wrong in my book. Also I think Zachary Quinto could surprise us with this and pull it off. I smell Oscars!

    Also, I'm not sure why people are freaking out about how Gershwin isn't an interesting figure for a movie! Didn't he do the musical “Crazy For You”? I was in a production of that a couple summers ago and I loved it. Great music and great story. Actually… I wouldn't mind seeing them make a movie based on that musical, but… this is good too and would probably be taken more seriously. Like I said, I can hear those little, golden statues clanging around in Quinto and Spielberg's hands. This should be a great idea.

  9. ohhh zachary. the gorgeous and talented actor.
    i vote yes. i see a future moviestar in him.