Netflix announced today that Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man, Boardwalk Empire), will be joining Douglas Booth (Mary Shelley, Loving Vincent), Freya Mavor (The Sense of An Ending), Nikolai Kinski (Yves Saint Laurent), and Oscar nominee Griffin Dunne (Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, War Machine) in the cast of “Gore”.
Gore is directed by Michael Hoffman from a screenplay written by Hoffman and Jay Parini, the story is based on the 2015 biography “Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal” ($12 on Amazon). The film centers on the period in 1982 following Gore’s failed effort in the California Senate primary election. In the story Gore retreats to his Italian home La Rondinaia in a Bacchanalian attempt to circumvent his writer’s block and sense of ennui.
Stuhlbarg stars in the role of Howard, Gore’s longtime companion; Booth and Mavor as the young couple whose vacation along the gorgeous Amalfi Coast is derailed by Gore’s attentions. Dunne and Kinski play famed American composer Leonard Bernstein and renowned Russian dancer/choreographer Rudolph Nureyev, regular visitors to Gore’s Ravello villa.
Andy Paterson produces for Sympathetic Ink. Paterson previously produced Spacey’s 2004 film about musician Bobby Darin Beyond The Sea and Hoffman’s Restoration. Production services in Italy provided by Enrico Ballarin’s Mestiere Cinema. Principal photography currently taking place in Italy with additional lensing in London.
Cinematography will be under Oliver Stapleton (The Cider House Rules), the production is designed by Oscar winner Patrizia von Brandenstein (Amadeus), with costumes by Oscar winner Gabriella Pescucci (The Age of Innocence). The film is set to launch on Netflix in 2018.