Sir Ben and Sacha Cohen Join Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret

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Mike Fleming over at Deadline New York is reporting that actors Sir Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen are the first two actors to join director Martin Scorsese’s next film, his adaptation of Brian Selznick’s children’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

In the story of a 12-year-old orphan who lives in the walls of a Paris train station in the early ’30s, Sir Ben will play silent filmmaker George Melies, reteaming him with Scorsese following their hit thriller Shutter Island, while Cohen will play the station inspector.

Graham King’s GK Films is producing and they’re working out the distribution plans, the film having been put into turnaround by Warner Bros. Pictures. No word on who Scorsese might cast in the title role.

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