Annette Bening in Talks to Join Al Pacino in 'Imagine' (Exclusive)

Annette Bening Bobby Cannavale - H 2013
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Annette Bening Bobby Cannavale - H 2013

Bobby Cannavale also is in talks to join the film written by Dan Fogelman, who is making his directorial debut.

The directorial debut of Dan Fogelman, the writer behind Cars and Crazy, Stupid, Love, once again is looking to be back on.

Annette Bening and Bobby Cannavale are in negotiations to board Imagine, Fogelman’s John Lennon-centric story. Meanwhile, Al Pacino, who had been attached, is in the process of closing his deal to star in the movie.

The Fogelman-written script centers on an aging rocker (Pacino) who discovers a letter written to him by the late John Lennon and decides to alter the course of his life.

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Imagine initially was set up at Warner Bros. as a Steve Carell vehicle but eventually was put into turnaround and went the indie route. Julianne Moore and Jeremy Renner were attached to one incarnation, but when it hit a financing bump, a common occurrence in the indie world, the actors moved on.

Now Bening and Cannavale are stepping into the Moore and Renner roles as the project plans a July shoot. Bening would play Pacino's love interest, while Cannavale would play Pacino's son, a very normal man compared to the rocker with whom he has an estranged relationship.

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Denise Di Novi and Jessie Nelson are producing.

Bening has become a bit of a darling in the indie world for her ability to bring a sense of class to dramas and dramedies. Ruby Sparks and Ginger Rosa are among her recent credits, and she recently wrapped Look of Love with Robin Williams and Ed Harris.

Cannavale appeared in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and appears in Lovelace. He  also is in negotiations to join Jon Favreau in the filmmaker’s indie, Chef.  

Bening is repped by CAA and Stankevich/Gochman. Cannavale is repped by IMC Partners, Framework Entertainment and Schreck Rose. Pacino is repped by CAA and Rick Nicita.