This is the perfect time for me to cover a story about bluegrass legend Bill Monroe since I just started building my own banjo and haven’t listened to much besides bluegrass in the past few weeks.
Bill Monroe is an interesting choice for a biopic since his personal life isn’t particularly well known. He’s best known as a pioneer of the bluegrass style and for the song “Blue Moon of Kentucky” (which will probably be the title of the film, that’s usually how these things go).
Now that I think about it more, it’s going to provide a lot of those “meeting famous people” moments that biopics love to do. Monroe discovered so many future bluegrass stars like Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt, plus his song was covered by Elvis so he’ll have to be in there.
The big casting news about the movie is that Peter Sarsgaard will be taking the lead role. I always think that he’s the one from True Blood even if there’s no resemblance. In addition, Callie Khouri (Thelma and Louise) is doing a rewrite on the script. This is interesting because she’s married to T-Bone Burnett who just did so well on Crazy Heart. I’d like to see him get involved.
So do you think Sarsgaard can handle all of the weight gain, singing, and ripping a sink off of the wall necessary to play the legendary mandolin player? Because I’m willing to bet cash right now that a sink gets ripped off of the wall in it. There’s a law somewhere that says it has to happen in every biopic and I love it.
Oh, and can someone agree that Walk Hard was pretty awesome? I thought it was clever.
(via Dark Horizons)