Hot off their Academy Awardnominations, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams have both joined thestar-studded cast of I'm Not There,Todd Haynes' $25m portrait of Bob Dylan that finally starts shooting inMontreal this July.
Ledger, who replaces ColinFarrell, will be one of six top-flight actors to play the iconicsinger-songwriter in his different life-guises.
The others will be CateBlanchett, Richard Gere, Christian Bale and Ben Wishaw, the lead in theupcoming adaptation of Perfume.One more Dylan is still to be cast.
Also in the film, billed asa "ferocious musical romp" and already a sure-fire contender for next year'sCannes festival, are Julianne Moore and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Among Haynes' collaboratorsare cinematographer Ed Lachman (Far From Heaven), producer designer Jan Roelfs (World TradeCenter) and costume designer JohnDunn (Casino). Among theintriguing line-up of musicians for the Dylan soundtrack are Jack White of TheWhite Stripes, PJ Harvey and REM's Michael Stipe.
Jim Stern's EndgameEntertainment, which can now draw on an equity base of $100m, has come on boardas a co-financier of I'm Not There ina deal brokered by Cinetic Media.
The rest of the money comesfrom pre-sales closed by Celluloid Dreams to a large swathe of territories Stillopen are France, Spain and Australia, among others. Cinetic, is handling theNorth American sale.
I'm Not There is being produced by Haynes' longtime ally ChristineVachon, through her Killer Films, and Jeff Rosen. John Goldwyn and John Wellsare executive producers; Endgame is now one of the production entities,alongside Killer.
PRE-SALES FOR I'M NOT THERE
Eastern Europe (EEAP)
Latin America (TV Azteca)