There's nothing quite like the name Martin Scorsese to draw in the talent - as evidenced by the increasing number of accomplished actors that are set to appear in his fantasy pic, Hugo Cabret.
Stars Emily Mortimer and Michael Stuhlbarg are the latest names to join the cast of the movie adaptation, which will be both Scorsese's first 3D project and a rare family-friendly outing from the director, who is better known for more adult fare like Goodfellas and The Departed (among many others).
Hugo Cabret is based on the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick and tells the tale of an orphan boy named - shockingly - Hugo (Asa Bufferfield) who lives in a Parisian train station. After a chance encounter with a strange girl (Chloe Moretz, star of Kick-Ass and Let Me In) and the menacing owner of a toy shop (Ben Kingsley), Hugo finds himself caught up in a most unexpected but nonetheless fantastical adventure.
The film's cast also includes the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law, Christopher Lee, Ray Winstone, and several other highly-regarded thespians. Scorsese is working with a script being adapted from Selznick's original literary work by Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan (The Aviator).
Mortimer will play Lisette, a flower girl who makes a living at the same train station that serves as a home to Hugo. The actress appeared in Scorsese's Shutter Island earlier this year and has previously worked with the likes of director Woody Allen (Match Point), Stephen Fry (Bright Young Things), and David Mamet (Redbelt), to general acclaim.
Stuhlbarg is better known for his theatrical work, though he made a name for himself in Hollywood last year with his Golden Globe-nominated turn as a flustered physics professor in the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man. In Hugo Cabret, he will play the role of Rene Tabard, a film restorer.
Scorsese has upheld his reputation as one of the best filmmakers still working in the business since he won the Oscar in 2006 and seems to always have his named attached or connected to several intriguing projects at once. 3D or not, this new film of his is definitely one I am looking forward to.
Filming has commenced on Hugo Cabret and it is tentatively scheduled to hit 2D and 3D theaters in the U.S. on December 9th, 2011.