Saturday, August 7, 2010

Linklater finally confirms 'Bernie'

The real-life Marjorie and Bernie

When filmmakers wants to officially announce a new project, they traditionally toss a press release to Variety or The Hollywood Reporter. That's what Richard Linklater finally did in making official Bernie, his upcoming project about convicted murderer and small-town Carthage, Texas, dandy Bernie Tiede with Jack Black (a dead ringer for Tiede) in the lead role.

As we told you back in June (with the first hints in April), Linklater has described this East Texas tale as his Fargo, with multiple characters and a bit of a murder mystery involving Tiede's odd relationship with the much older (and later much dead) Marjorie Nugent.

What's the new info? It is indeed based on Skip Hollandsworth's Texas Monthly story, Shirley MacLaine will play Nugent and the whole thing will get going in East Texas (and partially in Austin, of course) in October.

And here's the film's official casting notice:

Character Breakdowns:

Townspeople – Linklater plans to hire Texans who are not necessarily professional actors. “I’m trying to make as authentic a portrayal of small town East Texas life as possible, so I’m looking for the real deal – funny and interesting folks. There are a lot of small parts in the movie, mostly for people over 40,” says Linklater.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010 (11am-5pm)
301 East 3rd Street
Texarkana, AR 71854
Please bring a non-returnable photo to get on file.

Meals/Transportation Provided: Meals, Beverages

CONTACT: Sheila Steele at Beth Sepko Casting (512) 472-5385 Ex.1

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