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Juliette Binoche-Starrer ‘A Thousand Times Good Night’ Adds U2 Drummer Larry Mullen Jr.; Joe Swanberg to Star In Ti West’s ‘Sacrament’

Written by on October 29, 2012 

A Thousand Times Good Night has already been garnished with a worldwide icon and a kingslayer — now, they’ve got a rock star. The Erik Poppe-directed film added its newest members in the form of Larry Mullen, Jr. — drummer for an Irish band that go by the name of You, Too — and Maria Doyle Kennedy (Albert Nobbs, Downton Abbey), with ScreenDaily telling us both will portray friends to the two leads (Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Irish friends, it would seem.

Poppe and Harald Rosenløw Eeg have written the screenplay, based on the former’s experiences as a war photographer in the ’80s — the part Binoche will be seen in. Some further updates from ScreenDaily shed light on the dramatic throughline, telling us Good Night centers on this woman, Rebekka, who finds herself trying to balance “the job she feels as a vocation and the family she loves so much.” Revealed in their article, too, is the fact that Coster-Waldau will be seen in the part of Rebekka’s husband.

Putting a relatively inexperienced performer right near her is a little risky, and even something that, according to Poppe, is “outside [Mullen, Jr.‘s] zone of comfort.” Let’s take him at face value, though, when the director calls the musician-cum-thespian “perfect in the part” — because, if so, we’re looking at a great slate.

A Thousand Times Good Night is currently shooting in Ireland, with a fall 2013 opening being planned.

Next, TheWrap inform us Ti West, in casting his next film, The Sacrament, will lean toward a slew of familiar faces. In the cast of actors are friend and filmmaker Joe Swanberg, Kentucker Audley (the in-part-helmed-by-West V/H/S), Gene Jones (Oz: The Great and Powerful, No Country for Old Men), Amy Seimetz — who has collaborated with the latter helmer on several occasions — and the director’s House of the Devil co-star, AJ Bowen. Pardon the use of a term which many have, perhaps rightfully, criticized for being a tiny bit reductive, but that is a lot of mumblecore to put in one spot.

Eli Roth is producing The Sacrament, which he describes as West‘s “first mainstream movie,” an outing that will still live “without sacrificing the quality and unflinching horror of the subject matter.” No matter how tantalizing that quote may sound, it’s one which goes without some kind of follow-up; despite this update, we still don’t know what West has planned here. With more people now in place, however, I think The Sacrament will start to reveal itself more greatly in the coming months.

Does Mullen, Jr. add something worthwhile to whatever dynamic might be present in Good Night? Does West’s Sacrament cast present a strong case?


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