Thesp puts play in film with 'Salomaybe'

Al Pacino’s love for theater and film will intersect again with “Salomaybe?” — a feature film in the vein of his 1996 docu “Looking for Richard.”

Pic will interweave behind-the-scenes footage from a current Los Angeles staging of Oscar Wilde’s “Salome” with fictional elements.

Pacino directs and also will be on camera in the pic. He plays King Herod in the biblically inspired tragi-comedy about lust and betrayal, which bowed last week at L.A.’s Wadsworth Theater. Production previously played Broadway.

Barry Navidi, a producer on Pacino starrer “The Merchant of Venice,” produces “Salomaybe?” along with the play’s producer, Robert Fox. Pic is being funded by private investors via Navidi’s shingle Navidi Wilde.

“Al is interested in the process that actors go through and what we go through as filmmakers,” Navidi said.

Arclight Films will handle international sales and introduce the pic to buyers at the upcoming Cannes film market.

Others involved in the play will feature in the pic as well. Among the cast of characters are Kevin Anderson, who plays John the Baptist; rising thesp and Juilliard grad Jessica Chastain, who takes on Salome; and the play’s director, Estelle Parsons. As with “Looking for Richard,” additional players will be added as the story unfolds both on stage and on film.

Cinematographers are Benoit Delhomme, Robert Leacock and Jeremy Weiss; editor is Pat Buba.

Navidi said the film would be completed this year. “It took Al four years to finish ‘Looking for Richard,’ but we will have ‘Salomaybe?’ finished this year and delivered next year at one of the major festivals.”

Wadsworth’s run of “Salome” continues through May 14.

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