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Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins and Charles Dance have joined Gary Oldman in Mank, David Fincher’s drama about the writer who co-wrote the screen classic Citizen Kane with Orson Welles.
Arliss Howard, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jamie McShane, Joseph Cross, Sam Troughton, Toby Leonard Moore, Tom Burke, Tom Pelphrey and Tuppence Middleton are also boarding the production, which is scheduled to begin shooting in November in Los Angeles.
Douglas Urbanski, Eric Roth, Cean Chaffin are producing the pic.
Herman Mankiewicz, a reporter and critic in the 1920s, was recruited by Paramount to come to Hollywood and work in the movie business. Mankiewicz worked on numerous now-classic films such as The Wizard of Oz (1939), Pride of the Yankees (1942) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), but it was 1941’s Citizen Kane that caused a controversy which would dog him until his death. Both Mankiewicz and Welles worked on the script, but Mankiewicz accused the filmmaker of trying to push him out of the limelight, even saying Welles offered to pay him off in exchange for sole credit.
Getting Mank before cameras has been a 20-plus-year journey for Fincher, who initially wanted to tackle the story after making his 1997 feature The Game. The director’s father, Jack Fincher, also a newspaper man, wrote the script.
While some character details have not been revealed, it is known that Seyfried will play screen star Marion Davies; Collins will play Rita Alexander, Mankiewicz’s secretary; Burke (The Musketeers) will play Welles; and Pelphrery will play Mankiewicz’s brother.
Seyfried, last seen in The Art of Racing in the Rain, is currently shooting the horror movie Things Seen & Heard for Netflix and is also voicing the character of Daphne in the animated Scooby Doo movie Scoob. Collins appeared this year in Tolkien and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile. Dance, who had a memorable run on Game of Thrones, co-starred this year in Legendary’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. And Pelphrey is best known for co-starring in Iron First and will be seen in the upcoming season of Netflix’s Ozark.
Seyfried is repped by Innovative Artists and Frankfurt Kurnit; Collins is with CAA and Definition Entertainment; Dance is repped by Tavistock Wood; and Pelphrey is with Gersh,
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