Production will begin later this month on Ang Lee's next movie Taking Woodstock, a Focus Features production which adapts the memoir of Elliot Tiber, who set the wheels in motion for the historical 1969 music festival which defined a generation. Variety say casting is complete, Emile Hirsch, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Imelda Staunton and Liev Schreiber are the latest foursome to join the picture. For Hirsch, it's another big role for an actor who just 12 months ago was known as "that kid from The Girl Next Door".
Comedian Demetri Martin is still attached to play the lead role of Tiber, Staunton and Henry Goodman his parents, Hirsch a returning Vietnam vet, Jonathan Groff the Woodstock organiser, Eugene Levy as Yasgur and Schrieber is in talks to play a TRANSVESTITE! Watchmen's Jeffrey Dean Morgan will play a closet gay who is having an affair with Tiber despite his straight marriage, Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan will play a hippie couple at the concert, Dan Fogler a theatre manager and Mamie Gummer will play Lang's assistant. Big ensemble movie and what that continually reminds me of his great movie The Ice Storm, that deconstructed the middle class society of a early 70's Suburbia. Screenwriter James Schmaus wrote that movie too, but then again he has wrote virtually every Ang Lee movie to date, including Hulk!
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