Michael Chabon is in the news again. Last week, Erik reported that Natalie Portman was considering a role in the screen version of Chabon's mindblowingly wonderful The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (for fans of the book, Chabon himself offers a great update on the movie over at his blog, including what elements of his work will be included, and which have been cut from the screenplay), and now Production Weekly is reporting that the cast is in place for The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, which is based on Chabon's first novel. Set to star in the film, a coming-of-age story set in 1980s Pittsburgh, are Sienna Miller, Peter Sarsgaard, and Max Minghella. The novel focuses on Art Bechstein (to be played by Minghella), and the group of friends he meets during "the last summer of [his] youth." Among the group are "the witty and beautiful Arthur Lecomte [uncast], "the equally stunning Jane (Miller), her boyfriend, the legendary Cleveland (Sarsgaard), and worldly, exotic, and slightly eccentric Phlox [also uncast]." Whoa. So, if nothing else, this is going to be a damn pretty movie.

One of the main concerns of the novel seems to be sexual identity; it'll be interesting to see in what direction screenwriter-director Rawson Marshall Thurber takes the film. (Personally, I'm immediately prejudiced against him because he's wearing a Manchester United jersey in his IMDb photo.) Production begins next month in Pittsburgh; the film is due out in 2007.
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