Cary Elwes To Direct Biopic About The Who Manager
Cary Elwes has long been developing Elvis & Nixon has his directorial debut - a project about the famous meeting between The King and the president - but now it looks as though a different music-themed project could potentially be taking its place. The actor best known for playing Westley in Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride has signed a deal to direct an upcoming biopic about Kit Lambert, the famed manager of The Who.
THR says that the script has been written by Pat Gilbert and after letting Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey read it they agreed to assist the project with "biographical details" and will also contribute to the movie's soundtrack. During his career Lambert was credited with inspiring the English band to try working with a more experimental sound, which in turn led to the creation of the rock opera Tommy. In addition to The Who, the manager/record producer was also associated with Jimi Hendrix and lived the rock and roll lifestyle along with his clients. He died at the age of 45 when he fell down a flight of stairs at his mother's house and had a cerebral hemorrhage. Production is looking to begin towards the end of May next year.
Sadly Elvis & Nixon isn't even mentioned. Last we heard Eric Bana was dropping off of the project (having been attached to play Presley, but it still has Danny Huston playing Tricky Dick and Luke Wilson as part of its cast. We'll just have to wait and see if time determines its fate.
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