Following the massive critical and box office successes that were Gravity and The Heat, Academy Award-winner Sandra Bullock is riding high, and surely has her pick of projects. But before she may or may not strap in for The Heat 2, Bullock is locking in for a political dramedy from David Gordon Green.
Variety reports Sandra Bullock has signed on to star in Our Brand Is Crisis. Warner Bros. has greenlit the project, which boasts writer-director David Gordon Green as its helmer. But Bullock is not only starring in the political pic, she's also set to produce alongside her Gravity co-star George Clooney, and his Smokehouse Pictures partner, Grant Heslov. Currently unknown is if Clooney is eyeing a role for himself in the film.
If the title Our Brand Is Crisis sounds familiar, that's because the Bullock vehicle was first a celebrated documentary. Directed by Rachel Boyton, the 2005 doc was an expose on how American political campaign tactics and marketing impacted South America. Specifically, James Carville and Stan Greenberg, former advisers to President Bill Clinton, brought their media savvy and political know-how to Bolivia.
Bullock was first connected to Our Brand Is Crisis back in December. Then her character, "'Calamity' Jane Bodine, was described as the lead. Bodine is a hard-talking American political consultant who relies on quoting great men to persuade ambitious ones.
From here, we suspect Warner Bros will be shopping for a suitable supporting cast, and more big names. With Clooney producing, signing stars should be no problem. Consider the casts of some of his most recent productions. Best Picture winner Argo boasted Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodyman and Kyle Chandler. August: Osage County had an insanely star-stuffed cast that included Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis and Ewan McGregor. And then of course Monuments Men--which Clooney also directed and starred--hosted a cavalcade of beloved actors, from Matt Damon and Bill Murray to Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban, and Cate Blanchett. Simply put, Our Brand Is Crisis is off to a great start with Sandra Bullock, but we expect this cast will only get better.
Our Brand Is Crisis is an intriguing next project for David Gordon Green. He started out an indie darling with films like George Washington and All The Real Girls. But blew up as a the helmer of such outlandish and crude comedies as Pineapple Express, Your Highness and The Sitter. The latter two of these earned him little but scorn from critics, and underwhelmed or flat-out failed at the box office. But then Green rebounded with two intimate and celebrated indies.
First came the R-rated dramedy Prince Avalanche, which starred Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as a odd couple of road workers bound together in isolation as they rebuild a damages strip of rural highway. Next came Joe, a gritty drama that starred a bearded Nic Cage, and reminded many what depth and talent the oft over-the-top performer still possesses.
With Our Brand Is Crisis, Green seems to be continuing his path down cerebral cinema. And with Bullock and Clooney, his latest seems certain to have commercial appeal to boot.
Check out the trailer for the doc Our Brand Is Crisis on the next page.