somewhere benico

Update: Movieline has confirmed that Benicio is in the film, and that his role “involves a brief run-in with Dorff’s actor at the historic hotel.” So it is just a cameo.

Has Benicio del Toro joined the cast of Sofia Coppola‘s new movie Somewhere? The Los Angeles power pop band Rooney reveals in a new blog post that they filmed a cameo for the film (yes, the movie is already in production) but also mentioned that Benicio is one of the stars of the movie.
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Yes, Party Boy. In a bit of casting news already earning groans from snobs and wooo’s from slobs, Jackass‘s Chris Pontius will co-star in Sofia Coppola‘s ode to Hollywood’s storied Chateau Marmont hotel, Somewhere. Pontius will play “Sammy” in the 2010 flick, best friend to the main character, a “hard living actor,” to be played by Stephen Dorff, of S.F.W. fame. Further casting choices have not been announced. Dakota’s younger sister, Elle Fanning, plays the daughter to Dorff’s character, who causes him to “reexamine his life after a surprise visit.” Twinkle, twinkle.

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somewhere casting

Sofia Coppola has announced that she will be returning to the big screen with a dramedy she wrote titled Somewhere. Her fourth film will star Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, and centers on Hollywood’s iconic Chateau Marmont, the hotel of choice of many tabloid-friendly celebrities. The story is about a “bad-boy actor” who gets an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter, and is forced to reexamine his life. Sounds like Dorff is being set up for a Mickey Rourke-like performance.

Coppola calls it “an intimate story set in contemporary Los Angeles,” while Focus Features CEO James Schamus describes it as having all the “witty, moving and empathetic qualities that characterize all [of Sofia’s] work.” I was a big fan of Coppola’s earlier work, but very turned off by Marie Antoinette. With Somewhere it sounds like Coppola is returning to some of the settings and themes that earned her acclaim with Lost in Translation. Elle is a fantastic child actress, although Dorff is no Bill Murray, but who is? The film is scheduled to begin production in June.

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