Former Batman Michael Keaton stars as 'Birdman' in the upcoming American comedy-drama directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
With a star studded cast consisting of Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan, Merritt Wever and Benjamin Kanes, this film looks set to smash the box office, especially if the trailer is anything to go by.
The tragicomedy follows Keaton as Riggan Thomson / Birdman, once famous for portraying an iconic superhero, as he struggles to mount a successful Broadway show. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself to both hilarious and chaotic results.
Directed by the talented Alejandro González Iñárritu, the genius behind such poignant and sombre dramas Amores Perros, Babel and 21 Grams, Birdman will mark his first venture into the comedy genre. Check out the trailer below and you'll agree that this venture has seemingly thoroughly paid off.
The trailer hit the internet today (31st July 2014), and is already causing quite the stir, with former [Ant-Man](movie:9048) director Edgar Wright even chiming in, already touting Oscar endorsement...
Filming started in New York City back in March 2013, with FOX announcing that it has been selected as the opening film of the 71st Venice International Film Festival and would be in competition for the Golden Lion.
The cinematography will be show by Academy Award winning Emmanuel Lubezki ([Gravity](movie:41913)) who announced the camerawork and editing of Birdman will be manipulated to give the appearance that the film is one continuous long take.
The screenplay was penned by director Alejandro González Iñárritu alongside his regular co-writers Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo who all worked on 'Biutiful', 'The Last Elvis' and Iñárritu's forthcoming TV Movie 'One Percent'.
The film is set to hit theatres worldwide on October 17, 2014.