Fresh off their respective awards movies Manchester by the Sea and Paterson, Tate Donovan and Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani have joined the cast of UNTOUCHABLE, the Weinstein Company’s remake of the hit 2011 French film The Intouchables, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.
Neil Burger (The Illusionist) is directing the drama, which stars Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, as well as Nicole Kidman, Genevieve Angelson and Aja Naomi King.
Based on a true story, the film follows the friendship between quadriplegic millionaire Philip (Cranston) and his caregiver Dell (Hart), who develop an unusual bond.
Donovan will play one of Cranston’s neighbors, while Farahani will play one of his caregivers.
Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are producing for Escape Artists. Jon Hartmere wrote the script for the film, which is being executive produced by Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and G. Mac Brown.
Donovan played Lucas Hedges’ hockey coach in Manchester by the Sea and recently appeared in Ben Affleck’s Argo. He’ll soon be seen in the Sundance comedy L.A. Times and the Weinstein Company’s long-delayed drama Three Generations. Donovan has also wrapped the indie movies Blame, For the Love of George and Grace, in which he plays a once-famous writer suffering from writer’s block.
Farahani earned kudos for her turn as Adam Driver’s wife in Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson. She’ll soon be seen in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the horror movie The Night Eats the World with Holy Motors star Denis Lavant, and the drama Song of Scorpions with Irrfan Khan.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief