John Cameron Mitchell isn’t the best director working today, but he has an individualistic style reminiscent of Tim Burton or Charlie Kaufman. Not that I’m implying there’s a gothic-looking tree in the background of every shot or wildly-imaginative avant-garde plot devices lurking around the corner, it’s just that when you see anything written or helmed by these men, you know they were involved. A dude in drag eats shit? Must be John Waters. A manboy finds loves and grows up in the process? Judd Apatow, baby. It’s the signatures, add-ons which leave the mark, and for a guy who’s only done two films of note (Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Shortbus), John Cameron Mitchell can hold his head high knowing his tambour is as recognizable to film buffs as Zach Snyder’s slow motion.

Mitchell’s new movie Rabbit Hole has begun casting, and according to Variety, Edward Scissorhands actress Dianne Wiest has joined the cast, as well as theater favorite Tammy Blanchard. The latter’s addition should come as no surprise to those who know of John Cameron’s off-Broadway roots. Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart have already signed on to the project which follows a grieving couple getting over the loss of a four year old child.

No word on when this might be finished, but considering we’re still reporting on the cast, I’d assume we’re looking at 2010. Hopefully with a little more name recognition than his previous efforts, we’ll see Rabbit Hole on the marquee outside more than just a few selected art house theaters.

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