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Michael Pitt Goes Period Again for Mary Pickford Film ‘The First’; Claudia Lee Lands ‘Kick-Ass 2’

Written by on August 30, 2012 

Like the great John Slattery before him, Michael Pitt has sort of established himself as a man of period productions. There was Boardwalk Empire, we have You Can’t Win to look forward to, and he’s now going back to the old days of Hollywood. The old, old days.

Per Deadline’s word, it’s been announced that Pitt will co-star in The First, a recently-developed biopic of silent film star Mary Pickford; the talent is locked to play her first husband, Owen Moore. Although previous reports had named Lily Rabe (All Good Things, American Horror Story) as director Jennifer DeLia‘s main star, it’s since been announced that Ryan Simpkins (A Single Man) will also play the icon — only, in her younger years. (Flashback scenes, I’d wager.) It’s a fine pair of choices, with Pitt, in particular, standing out. Much as his early work would sort of rub me the wrong way, he’s both come into his own over the past few years and left me anticipating his further exploits.

The First is scripted by Josh Fagan — adapted, too, from Eileen Whitifield‘s Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood — and chronicles the silent film star’s enormous success in the early days of cinema, with one of her biggest accomplishments being “her founding, with Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith, of United Artists.” Yes, we should also expect a few actors to play those titans.

Deadline also tell us Kick-Ass 2 has continued to round up its ensemble, with the latest choice going to none other than Claudia Lee, a young actress whose prior credits are mainly limited to CW’s Hart of Dixie. It hasn’t really been said what this first big role of hers may present, though we know she’ll be acting under the guidance of Jeff Wadlow and alongside the likes of Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, and Andy Nyman.

Kick-Ass 2 will open on June 28th, 2013.

How might Pitt change the dynamic of The First? Though minor, does Lee make the balance of Kick-Ass 2 feel any different?

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