Viggo Mortensen is up for a role in Peter Farrelly’s next film Green Book
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) is in talks to star in the upcoming film Green Book from Peter Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber To), according to Variety. Farrelly is set to direct the film, which he co-wrote with Nick Vallenlonga and Brian Currie. Green Book will be produced by Currie and Jim Burke. The casting is not yet confirmed, however the film will reportedly begin production this fall.
The film is the story of Tony Lip, “one of the best bouncers in New York City” in 1962 and what happens to him after his nightclub, the Copacabana, is shut down. “He takes a gig chauffeuring a highly educated piano-playing prodigy who wants Lips to go on tour with him in the Deep South. While the two clash at first, a bond eventually grows as they travel deeper into the racially charged region.”
Viggo Mortensen is known for playing Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He first gained notice in the 1985 film Witness and has been seen in films like Carlito’s Way, Crimson Tide, Daylight and G.I. Jane. He received critical acclaim for David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises. He received a second Academy Award nomination earlier this year for his work in the film Captain Fantastic.
Farrelly has directed films like Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary starring Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz, The Heartbreak Kid, Hall Pass and The Three Stooges.