As his latest film, The Descendants, continues down its much deserved, award-laden path to likely Oscar gold, Alexander Payne isnâ€™t resting on his laurels, as he already has an actor in tow for his next film, Nebraska.
Earlier, it was revealed that the director was looking at a variety of leads for the film, ranging from Gene Hackman to Robert Forster. However, in an interview with ComingSoon, the director revealed that he canâ€™t tell us who will star in Nebraska at this moment â€œbecause I donâ€™t even think the actor has received the script yet, but itâ€™s in the process right now.â€
Now, for most films, this wouldnâ€™t be newsworthy. However, the filmâ€™s been floating around for some time now, so the fact that things appear to actually be moving forward is really great. I personally found Forsterâ€™s performance in The Descendants to be breathtaking, so my hope is that heâ€™ll get the gig in this film about a â€œfather/son road trip from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska, but it gets waylaid at a crappy town in central Nebraska where the father grew up and where he has some old scores to settle.â€ Maybe Clooney wants back in? More on this as it develops.