Oscar nominees Jonah Hill and James Franco are two celebrated actors, known for their comedic and dramatic work. Now the two stars are going to dive into a trippy drama based on actual events.
Deadline reports that Hill’s MONEYBALL co-star Brad Pitt is producing TRUE STORY, an adaptation of the book by journalist Michael Finkel. The plot is twisty-turny and hard to explain so we’ll let the book’s description do the talking.
On February 2002, New York Times Magazine writer Michael Finkel received a startling piece of news: a young man named Christian Longo, wanted for killing his entire family, had been captured in Mexico, where he’d taken on a new identity: Michael Finkel of the New York Times.
The next day, on page A-3 of the Times, came another troubling item: a note from the editors explaining that Finkel, having falsified parts of an investigative article, had been fired. Nonetheless, the only journalist Longo would speak with was the real Michael Finkel, and so Finkel placed a call to Oregon’s Lincoln County jail, intent on getting the true story. So began a bizarre and intense relationship—a reporting job that morphed into a shrewd game of cat-and-mouse. Part mystery, part memoir, part mea culpa, True Story weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, and deceit with a deeply personal inquiry into the slippery nature of truth.
Hill will be portraying Finkel and Franco will be Longo, though I initially figured casting would be the other way around. The film will be directed by first-timer Rupert Goold.
It’s good to see Hill trying his hand at more drama. He was great in MONEYBALL and I think he’s got a lot more potential in him. Get it, Jonah!