The folks at Heat Vision Blog just broke word that Martin Scorsese's next project now has two more stars attached to it. Scorsese and Johnny Depp, amongst others, will produce an adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick's best-selling children's novel. The two stars in question are Emily Mortimer, who just worked with Scorsese in Shutter Island, and Michael Stuhlbarg, who delivered a commanding lead performance in A Serous Man.
Selznick's book follows the story of a young orphan that lives in a secret underground tunnel system in Paris. From there he goes on a series of adventures involving an ancient robot, a toy shop and George Melies, one of the most important early filmmakers and most commonly known for his silent movie A Trip to the Moon. The fact that the story leads back to Melies is, if I had to speculate, why Scorsese is interested in the project, he being such a voracious cinephile and historian.
Stuhlbarg and Mortimer join a staggering cast of voice actors that includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, Christopher Lee and Ray Winstone. With a little luck, someone will point Scorsese towards a cine-related superhero movie he can produce.