Brazilian thesp Wagner Moura, who starred in the “Elite Squad” films, is set to play Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini in new indie project “Fellini Black and White,” which Henry Bromell (“Homeland”) is set to direct from his own script.
Mad Chance principal Andrew Lazar is producing the pic. Terrence Howard, Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) and William H. Macy (“Shameless”) are attached to play supporting roles.
Set in Los Angeles in March 1957, story follows Fellini’s first voyage to America to attend the Oscars, during which he went missing for 48 hours and barely made it to the ceremony. Pic postulates what might have happened during those two days, after which the helmer returned to Italy and directed his two most revered films, “La Dolce Vita” and “8 1/2.”
Script finds Fellini discovering the jazz and surf scenes and falling for a veterinarian while his wife tries to drown her sorrows by cavorting with Ricky Nelson. Howard will play a jazz musician who introduces Fellini to his world; Macy will play Fellini’s publicist; and Dinklage will play the vet’s lover.
“Fellini” has been a passion project for Bromell and Lazar, who spent years developing the pic together after previously collaborating on Bromell’s 2000 directorial debut “Panic,” which starred Macy. Lazar is best known for producing studio fare such as “Get Smart” and “Akira” for Warner Bros., while Bromell recently won a WGA Award for the first season of Showtime’s hit series “Homeland,” on which he’s an exec producer.
Moura has parlayed the boffo international success of the “Elite Squad” films into a key role opposite Matt Damon in Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi epic “Elysium,” which Sony will release next March.
UTA reps Bromell and Moura, who’s also repped by Ascend Entertainment and attorney Gregory Slewett. CAA reps Macy and Howard, who’s also repped by Sentient Entertainment and attorney Jeff Shumway. Dinklage is repped by Insight and attorney Karl R. Austen.