Tilda Swinton & John Hurt join Jarmusch’s vampire movie


Jim Jarmusch may be the last person I’d expect to do a vampire movie. Then again, he was also the last person I’d expect to do hitman movies (Ghost Dog, The Limits of Control) or to go fishing for sharks. (If you like oddball comedy and have not seen Fishing with John, you must.)

Both Tilda Swinton and John Hurt have signed on for Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive. Both have previously worked with the director: Swinton in The Limits of Control, Hurt in The Limits of Control and Dead Man. They join both Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston, and production should be underway some time this year.

Hiddleston is actually a replacement for Michael Fassbender, who dropped out of the project due to other commitments, including an adaptation of Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave with Shame director Steve McQueen, and an adaptation of Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds (woo-hoo!). No word on who will be cast to replace Fassbender’s penis, but I’m assuming Roberto Benigni.

Only Lovers Left Alive is described as a strange romance between two vampires that have been in love for centuries. They’re probably really into Carl Perkins too.

[Via THR]

Hubert Vigilla
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