Todd Haynes has named thesixth and final actor to play Bob Dylan in his outre ensemble portrait I'm Not There, which begins production tomorrow (July 31) in Montreal.
Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Cate Blanchett and BenWhishaw had already lined up to play the iconic singer-songwriter in what has been a long-gestating project for Haynes.
They will now be joined by the blackchild actor Marcus Carl Franklin (pictured), whose presence, along with that of Blanchett, points to the unconventional nature of Haynes' interpretation of Dylan's life-story.
Franklin appeared alongside Terence Howard in the HBO Films productionLackawanna Blues and will now play one of Dylan's ever-changing personas from his early days up to his 50s. Haynes' stated intention is to put together a film of multiple characters and tell their stories simultaneously.
David Cross, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Bruce Greenwood, Julianne Moore and MichelleWilliams are cast in support roles.
Celluloid Dreams, which assembled the financing with Cinetic Media and ishandling international sales, recently closed deals with Australia (Icon),Brazil (Europa), and Switzerland (Filmcoopi).
Judy Becker comes in as production designer, while JayRabinowitz has been named as editor. As previously announced, Haynes' Far FromHeaven collaborator Ed Lachman serves as cinematographer and John Dunn iscostume designer.
Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Richie Havens, and the band Calexico are among the musical collaborators now confirmed on the project; at this year's Cannes Film Festival, other musicians being floated for the soundtrack also included Jack White of The White Stripes, PJ Harvey and REM'sMichael Stipe.
Christine Vachon is producing through Killer Films along with John Goldwyn,Jeff Rosen and James Stern through Endgame Entertainment, the project's primaryfinancier.
John Sloss, whose Cinetic Media is representing North American rights, servesas executive producer along with Andreas Grosch, Amy J Kaufman and John Wells.
Previously announced internationalsales closed with Germany (Tobis) Benelux (Cineart), Scandinavia (Scanbox),Italy (Bim), Portugal (Atalanta), Greece (Audiovisual Enterprises), EasternEurope (EEAP), Latin America (TV Azteca), and Japan (Happinet).