Josh Hartnett, whose career appears to have gone into mini-revival mode with the pending releases of Lucky Number SlevinandThe Black Dahlia, is also hoping take advantage of the current explosion of music biopics. According to Variety, Hartnett is in talks to play the title role in the forthcoming The Chet Baker Story, which will likely be directed by Bruce Beresford. The screenplay was written by co-producer Julie Allan, and is an adaptation of James Gavin's bio of the jazz superstar, Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker. With his prominent cheekbones and dark eyes, Hartnett actually looks a bit like Baker, so this is one of those rare celebrity castings that isn't completely outrageous - one hopes that he's actually become as good an actor as James Ellroy claims, and might be able to do justice to the role.

Interestingly, there's another Baker picture in the works, also based on a book.
Looking for Chet Baker, however, is a novel-based thriller, which is in an earlier stage of development than the Hartnett project.
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