Thursday, August 7, 2008

Taking Woodstock, Taking Names

Ang Lee's adaptation of Taking Woodstock, Elliot Tiber's autobiographyabout his role in the titular touchstone rock music event, is taking shape with the announcement of a full cast. And an impressive cast it is.

Joining relative film newcomer Demetri Martin as Tiber (who was instrumental in bringing the Woodstock Music and Art Fair to a small dairy farm in rural Bethel, New York in 1969) are such stars as Emile Hirsch, Imelda Staunton, Eugene Levy, Paul Dano, Liev Schreiber (as "a transvestite named Vilma") and, most intriguingly, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as "a closeted married man having an affair with Tiber". Rounding out the cast are such rising screen talent (and Broadway faves) as Jonathan Groff, Dan Fogler, Mamie Gummer, Zoe Kazan, Jeremy Shamos and Kevin Chamberlin.

Taking Woodstock begins production later this month; it is due in theaters June 26, 2009, just in time for the festival's 40th anniversary.

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