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The days of excitedly talking about casting for a Tim Burton movie have turned into something much less fantastic than it was in years past - now it’s just a mixture of surprise (if the name isn’t Johnny Depp) and disappointment (that a talented actor wouldn't take time to make a film that's more worthwhile). But that’s enough Franken-whining for now.
The director's next film is The Weinstein Company’s biopic Big Eyes, and Danny Huston is now in talks to join the cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Huston’s latest claim to fame has been his Golden Globe-nominated performance as the unrelenting sociopathic mob boss Ben Diamond on Starz’s Magic City.
Burton's dramedy centers on the strained relationship between Walter and Margaret Keane (Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams), whose big-eyed children portraits were extremely popular in the 1950s through the 1960s. What's interesting about the back story is that the couple’s relationship was tarnished due to divorce and lawsuits trying prove who the actual artist actually was. Huston will be playing a “burnt-out, heavy-drinking gossip reporter,” one who presumably gets caught up in the story from the inside. The script was written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the screenwriting duo who worked with Burton on another biopic, 1995’s Ed Wood.
Beyond his TV work, Huston was last seen in Hitchcock, and will next be seen in Ari Folman’s live-action/animation crossover The Congress. He also hopes to eventually play Richard Nixon in Cary Elwes’ directorial debut Elvis & Nixon.