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Can the cast of Hugo Cabret get any better? We’ve already got Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law, Christopher Lee and Ray Winstone, but this is a Martin Scorsese film; there’s always room for more quality talent. As reported by THR, Scorsese has opted to hold on to one of his Shutter Island stars, Emily Mortimer, and add A Serious Man’s Michael Stuhlbarg to the roster.
Based on Brian Selznick’s book, Hugo Cabret will star Butterfield as the titular character, a young boy living in the walls of a Paris train station. When he isn’t stealing to survive, Hugo’s working on a mechanical man called an automaton, the device his father tried to restore before he was killed. During the process Hugo meets a handful of people including an eccentric girl named Isabelle (Moretz), a toyshop owner (Kingsley), the station’s flower shop girl (Mortimer) and a film restorer (Stuhlbarg).
I’m still not thrilled about Scorsese opting to go 3D with this one, but the stellar casting is more than enough of a reason to overlook the technology that I’ve yet to see improve a live-action production. With Butterfield and Moretz leading the way and such an impressive list of vets backing them up, how can this one go wrong? Mortimer has been on a fantastic run the past few years starring in films like Transsiberian, City Island, Shutter Island and Harry Brown while Stuhlbarg reveled in a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in A Serious Man.
Production began on Hugo Cabret last month and the film is on track for a December 2011 release. I’m anxious to see this one, but at least I can fill some of the time by checking out the book and finding out why the project is attracting such top notch talent.