Casting Notes: Paul Giamatti to Play Nikita Khrushchev; Russell Brand in ‘Hawkwood’; Jordana Spiro in ‘Trespass’
Posted on Thursday, July 29th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
Paul Giamatti is moving from one historical television project (John Adams) to another: he’ll play former Soviet Union premier Nikita Khrushchev in K Blows Top. The odd name of the HBO film might be your first clue that this won’t be an ordinary revisitation of the cold war. The film will be based on Peter Carlson‘s book of the same name, which details Khrushchev’s two-week American trip in 1959.
That’s the time period when the Premier was denied a trip to Disneyland because of security concerns, and during which a visit to IBM headquarters ignited a fancy within the premier for IMB’s self-service cafeteria. Khrushchev brought self-service back to the USSR afterwards. Khrushchev had a long and occasionally pivotal career, and I’ll be curious to see how much context can be crammed into the film. I’ll happily watch Giamatti try to make it work. [Variety]
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