EXCLUSIVE: In what is turning into an impressive cast for Ari Aster’s anticipated movie, Broadway darlings Nathan Lane and Patti LuPone along with Oscar nominee Amy Ryan and Kylie Rogers have joined A24’s Disappointment Blvd., starring Joaquin Phoenix. A24 came on earlier this year to finance and produce after Phoenix made it his follow-up after winning the Best Actor Oscar for Joker.
Aster, who’s past two films were also financed by A24, will write and direct, with Aster and Lars Knudsen producing under their Square Peg banner. Access Industries will co-finance with Len Blavatnik and Danny Cohen executive producing. Elisa Alvares and Timo Argillander of IPR.VC will exec produce.
Project details are being kept under wraps, but the plot is described as an intimate, decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.
Aster has had a knack for attracting talent to scripts with Hereditary and Midsommar, but this cast is becoming his most impressive to date especially considering how particular Phoenix and LuPone are when it comes to the material they commit to.
Lane has been busy on the TV circuit of late starring in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful: City of Angels and the upcoming Hulu series Only Murders in the Building. Like Lane, LuPone has been busier on the stage over the years but recently had a scene-stealing role as Avis Amberg in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series Hollywood.
Ryan can be seen next joining Lane in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building. On the film side she was most recently seen in Worth and Lost Girls. Rogers plays young Beth in Paramount’s Yellowstone and she can be seen next in the Cheaper By the Dozen reboot for Disney+.
Lane is represented by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content. LuPone is represented by The Artist Partnership and Echo Lake Entertainment. Ryan is represented by Gersh and Dave Feldman at Brecheen, Feldman, Breimer, Silver & Thompson. Rogers is represented by UTA, Anonymous Content and Brecheen, Feldman.