Vincent Gallo has the lead part in Francis Coppola‘s upcoming Argentine drama Tetro, but less than a month ago it was Matt Dillon‘s role. What happened?
Gallo will play the title character, “a brother in a family torn apart by rivalries and betrayal.” (Good God.) Javier Bardem will play an Argentine literary critic, Alden Ehrenreich will play Gallo’s younger brother, and Maribel Verdu plays Tetro’s longtime love interest.
I’m sorry, but something snapped inside after I saw Youth Without Youth. Before that experience the name Francis Coppola had, in my yearning moviegoer heart, a certain electricity, a creative vibe, a positiveness. That’s gone now. The man who directed the Godfather films, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, One From The Heart and The Rain People, I fear, is no longer with us. I would love to be proven wrong.
Tetro, budgeted at less than $15 million, starts shooting on 3.31 in location in Buenos Aires. A 2009 release “with an as-yet-undetermined distributor” is planned.