Do I even need to say that Bill Murray is impugnable?
No. There’s no need to expound on how enjoyable he is to watch onscreen, his affability, or his greatness — we all know. So it’s best to just give the straight news — which, in this case, comes from Variety — that he’s started eyeing a starring role in the dramedy St. Vincent De Van Nuys, the feature version of a Black List script by Ted Melfi; he’s expected to also direct.
20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment — a pairing who just made movement on another project — are developing the film, centered on a 12-year-old-boy, the son of a recently-divorced couple who becomes friends with a “misanthropic” and retired war veteran (Murray). (A role often rumored for Jack Nicholson.) And, although this man leads a somewhat unsavory life full of hazy-to-illegal activities, the boy finds a worthy companion in him.
Yes, we’ve all heard that story. If anything, other than that Black List label, can make me care right now… you know. Murray can take the slightly sad (albeit harmless) older figure and give an Oscar-worthy performance in his sleep — e.g., Lost in Translation and Jim Jarmusch‘s masterpiece, Broken Flowers — so, without hesitation, I’m willing to see where St. Vincent De Van Nuys takes us.
Could Murray alone make St. Vincent Dan Nuys an interesting project?
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