Michael Moore will put aside his political journalist cap to take a rare acting role as, well, a political journalist in HBO Films’ “The Fever,” starring Vanessa Redgrave.
Also joining the cast during shooting was Redgrave’s daughter Joely Richardson. Currently in post-production in London, the project is a family affair, directed by Redgrave’s son and Richardson’s half-brother, Carlo Nero.
Adapted by Wallace Shawn from his play, “The Fever” chronicles the political awakening of a middle-class woman previously untouched by world events. “Bowling for Columbine” director and front man Moore plays a rebellious reporter covering politics in countries under turmoil.
“Michael has one big scene with Vanessa, and we were a little nervous because no one’s ever really seen him act before,” said Jason Blum, who shares producing credit with Redgrave. “But he totally pulled it off.”
Pic is a Blumhouse/Shawn Fever production for HBO Films and was one of the first features to be shot in Croatia after the war, using a local crew.
HBO fully financed the feature on the basis of the script and 10 minutes of footage funded by Redgrave and Nero. No decision has yet been made as to whether the film will have a theatrical release or bow directly on the cable web.