Roman Polanksi has been attached to direct a film adaptation of the award winning Yasmina Reza’s play since earlier this summer. Now word has finally dropped on who the four leads will be. We have Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, and, wait, is this right? Matt Dillon? What?
The world’s favorite babysitter Polanski has assembled quite an award winning cast for the movie, even Dillon! Waltz recently gained international acclaim for his role in Inglourious Basterds and Winslet scored gold in The Reader. Foster has most recently been working behind the scenes (and in front of camera’s on her yet-to-be-released The Beaver, thanks Mel) though she has two Academy Awards for Silence of the Lambs and The Accused. Dillon won an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for his work in There’s Something About Mary, so he’s got that going for him…
God of Carnage tells the story of two couples who come together one afternoon after their sons have been involved in a school yard fight. Things slowly start to deteriorate and soon the whole thing dissolves into beautiful chaos. Set in a pristine living room, the whole thing is trashed by the end of the show. The transition to film should be interesting. The play takes place in a single room during a single conversation, no word on whether the world we be expanded or if it will stick close with the source material.
Despite having such a stellar cast, the film will nevertheless be heavily scrutinized. Besides Polanski’s little problem back in the US (which forces the movie to be filmed in France even though it’s set in Brooklyn), Foster has recently been under fire for defending Gibson after his tirade against his former girlfriend. And Dillon’s brother Kevin appears in Entourage, which, let’s be honest, is about as bad as anything.