Indie director Todd Solondz is known fox mixing the mundane and the strange, whether it be middle-class New Jerseyites with strange sex lives ('Happiness'), or the story of a girl portrayed by a myriad of visually distinctive actresses ('Palindromes'). He's worked with names like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci and Allison Janney, toying with ideas that don't often get the cinematic light of day.

And now Solondz is bringing together our reigning king of quirk and Woody Allen's ex for his latest indie drama, 'Dark Horse.' As the camera focuses on a man who doesn't want to grow up, we also get a glimpse of his parents, and they'll be played by Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow.
The Hollywood Reporter posts that Walken and Farrow have joined the project, as well as one of Solondz's 'Storytelling' stars, Selma Blair. The film focuses on a thirtysomething guy (Jordan Geiber) who still lives with his parents (Walken and Farrow). He's considered the dark horse of the family for still being at home and refusing to grow up, reluctantly working for dad and having a collection of toys. To try to shed this image and gain favor in the family, he finds a thirtysomething woman (Blair) also in arrested development.

The film has already cast Aasif Mandvi ('The Daily Show') as the girl's kinda ex boyfriend, Justin Bartha ('The Hangover') as the dude's more successful brother, Zachary Booth ('Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist') as the guy's easygoing cousin and finally Donna Murphy as Dad's secretary.

Though we don't see much of Walken these days in mainstream circles, he's busy starring in indies, most recently this year's 'Life's a Beach.' Working with Solondz should provide Walken with some juicy material -- especially since he gets to be a dad and businessman, instead of mob boss or goofy weirdo. Farrow, meanwhile, doesn't work as much, but was most recently seen in one of Luc Besson's 'Arthur' movies (and before that -- 'Be Kind Rewind').

We know how Blair fares in Solondz's worlds, but can you imagine a mixture of Walken and Farrow as seen through Solondz's eyes? Oh, the quirky possibilities!
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