“Casanova” star Sienna Miller has signed to star opposite Steve Buscemi in “Interview,” one of a trio of pics by late Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh being remade by directors Buscemi, Stanley Tucci and Bob Balaban.
Pics will be shot back to back in Gotham beginning next month.
Tony Shalhoub and Patricia Clarkson have also come aboard to star in a remake of the van Gogh pic “Blind Date.”
“Interview,” helmed by Buscemi, follows a top political journo whose career is fading. First, he has a falling out with his editor, and then, against his will, he has to interview the country’s most popular soap actress.
“Date,” helmed by Tucci, centers on parents who have lost a child and then reinvent themselves as they try to rebuild their relationship.
Casting on Balaban’s adaptation, “06/05: The Sixth of May,” has not yet been set.
Projects are being produced through Netherlands-based Column Prods. and Gotham-based Ironworks Prods.
Ironworks topper Bruce Weiss and Column’s Gijs van de Westelaken had been working with van Gogh to remake several films in English before the helmer was murdered in Amsterdam last year.
Helmer’s death was linked to “Submission,” a short he’d directed that was critical of Islam’s treatment of women.
“We couldn’t ask for a better cast,” said van de Westelaken and Weiss. “We’re sure wherever he is, (van Gogh) is having a good laugh and smiling about this. He always wanted to make films in New York.”
Producers will use some of the pics’ proceeds to set up a fund in van Gogh’s memory supporting freedom of speech in filmmaking.