Australian writer-director Diesel Schwarze, a protege of Baz Luhrmann, is partnering with Electric City Entertainment to develop his debut feature film, an original musical Ziggy. Dane DeHaan and Rooney Mara are attached to star in the pic, which centers on a hunchback escape artist (DeHaan) who arrives in New York during the mass-culture boom of the late 1920s. As he falls in love with the fiancé (Mara) of a powerful media mogul, the story charts Ziggy’s rise to fame and subsequent fall amid a romantic world crashing down on its own impossible idealism.

Image (1) DaneDeHaan__121203195420.jpg for post 381442The filmmakers have paired with British music producer and songwriter Alex Da Kid to develop original contemporary music for the pic. He has collaborated with Eminem, Dr. Dre, Rihanna, Imagine Dragons and Nicki Minaj among others.

Diesel worked under Baz Luhrmann during Moulin Rouge and La Boheme on Broadway, and this project certainly seems to have the scope and flair of his Aussie compatriot.

Ziggy is one of the most unique scripts I’ve ever read,” said Lynette Howell, who is producing with Electric City partner Jamie Patricof. “Diesel has written an incredibly beautiful and ambitious story and his background working under Baz Luhrmann combined with his prolific commercial work, lends itself to bringing this story to life in a visually inspired and exciting way.

CAA and WME will rep the film’s domestic distribution rights.