Asa Butterfield is best known to audiences as the tortured Ender Wiggin (thanks to last month’s Ender’s Game) and the charming Hugo Cabret (from Martin Scorsese’s enthralling Hugo), but now it looks like the teen actor could be doing something a little different with his next part.
He wants to play, well, kind of a little jerk.
The Wrap reports that Butterfield is currently in talks to start in Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka’s directorial debut, the comedy (komedy?) King of the Kastle. The film is already set to star Clive Owen “as a philanderer who is blackmailed by a teenager.” Butterfield would play said teenager (kids these days). Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) is also on board for an unspecified role.
Gatewood and Tanaka are in-demand comedy writers who previously penned The Sitter, created the Justin Kirk-starring series Animal Practice, and have a full slate of upcoming features to write (including Baywatch!). Which is all a long way of saying that there’s no way King of the Kastle won’t be full of dirty humor and goofy fun, which seems a bit strange for the potential starring duo.
Not much else is known about the film, other than that this project sounds like a hell of a departure for both Owen and Butterfield, which could be an unexpected pleasure or…well, not. As of now, little about it really appeals, but perhaps that will change as more details are released.
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