Willie Nelson, Charlotte Rampling and newcomer Sophie Lowe have been cast in Waiting For The Miracle To Come, which will be the first feature film from writer-director Lian Lunson, whose previous music-centric documentaries include the Leonard Cohen pic Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man. Production is set to start next month at Nelson’s hometown of Spicewood, Texas.
The pic will be exec produced by Lunson collaborators Bono and Wim Wenders; the U2 frontman will write an original song that Nelson will sing in the movie. The plot centers on an aspiring trapeze artist who discovers a cryptic letter her recently deceased father once wrote directing her to a gold mine in a remote California desert. Upon arriving in a mysterious town, she finds herself at the gates of “The Beautiful Place,” a house occupied by retired vaudeville stars Jimmy and Dixie Riggs (Nelson and Rampling). As she gets to know the eccentric couple, she discovers her words were directing her to a reward far more valuable than gold.
Lunson’s Horse Pictures, Molly Mayeux, and Terence Berry are producing with Fabrica de Cine and Gaston Pavlovich, and Cave Pictures’ Dale Brown and Mark Rodgers and Matthew Malek are also exec producing. De Cine and Cave are also behind the Martin Scorsese pic Silence.