Tony Winner Geoffrey Rush Will Portray Oliver! Composer Lionel Bart in Musical Biopic
18 Apr 2014
Tony Award and Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush will portray Tony-winning Oliver! composer Lionel Bart in an upcoming musical biopic, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
Directed by Vadim Jean — who will work with writer and composer Elliot Davis, a student Bart hired to help him transcribe his scores, on the film — the story will use Bart's music to tell his "rags-to-riches-and-back-again story."
"It's a full-blown musical, and we're using versions of his songs in ways that you've never heard before," Jean told the Daily Mail.
Rush, who won a 2009 Tony Award for his performance in Exit the King, will play Bart in his later years. Jean and BBC Films executives are searching for an actor to portray the composer between the ages of 28 and 35.
Peter Darling (Matilda, Billy Elliot) is attached to choreograph the film, which plans to begin filming this autumn.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.