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Michael Keaton's Birdman claims Edward Norton as their egotistical leading man

Mar. 7, 2013by:
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Birdman Keaton and Norton

Yesterday we received great casting news about the hilarious sounding dark comedy BIRDMAN, the new movie from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. The film has Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor previously known for playing a legendary superhero (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) who is trying to direct a play that he hopes will help his career rebound but has to deal with an arrogant leading man in the production. While there were some excellent suggestions on who would play a great pompous actor (Christian Bale would have almost been too perfect) there was one star that wasn't mentioned who has been known to not work that well with others. 

According to Deadline, Mr. Edward Norton has been cast as the blowhard actor of the play. Norton has had a couple of run-ins with directors and studios in the past and he certainly knows how to work a dark comedy (DEATH TO SMOOCHY, FIGHT CLUB). The casting for BIRDMAN has been excellent across the board so far but the addition of Edward Norton has me really worked up now. I want this film immediately. Norton vs Keaton...who will come out alive?

Also staring Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts, BIRDMAN starts shooting in mid-April.

Extra Tidbit: Edward Norton's character in MOONRISE KINGDOM is one of my favorite things about the movie. Good to see him doing a bit more comedy lately.
Source: Deadline

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12:42PM on 03/07/2013

great casting

especially given the fact that Norton has that very same reputation in real life of being difficult to work with
especially given the fact that Norton has that very same reputation in real life of being difficult to work with
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12:26PM on 03/07/2013
Can I buy a ticket now? Because I actually would.
Can I buy a ticket now? Because I actually would.
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12:14PM on 03/07/2013
This is great casting! This whole cast in a dark comedy is going to be great and already has my money.

I really hope this film does well because both Norton and Keaton could use a big hit film at the moment.
This is great casting! This whole cast in a dark comedy is going to be great and already has my money.

I really hope this film does well because both Norton and Keaton could use a big hit film at the moment.
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10:52AM on 03/07/2013
It's the Incredible Hulk vs the Goddamn Batman! Probably one of the best comedy casts in recent memory! Really looking forward to this.
It's the Incredible Hulk vs the Goddamn Batman! Probably one of the best comedy casts in recent memory! Really looking forward to this.
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10:42AM on 03/07/2013
This project has money written all over it.
This project has money written all over it.
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10:29AM on 03/07/2013
Now this is a heck of a comedy showdown.
Now this is a heck of a comedy showdown.
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9:52AM on 03/07/2013
Also agree on the tidbit.

And in that picture Keaton looks freakishly like Jean-Louis Trignant to me.
Also agree on the tidbit.

And in that picture Keaton looks freakishly like Jean-Louis Trignant to me.
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9:38AM on 03/07/2013

awesome cast

I expect a lot from this movie now!
tidbit: same here!
I expect a lot from this movie now!
tidbit: same here!
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