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Amazon Studios today announced casting for Mozart in the Jungle, a Paul Weitz-directed pilot. Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) stars as Rodrigo, the hotshot new conductor of the New York Symphony. He is joined by Malcolm McDowell (The Mentalist) as Thomas, a more seasoned conductor being forced into retirement by Rodrigo. Lola Kirke (Reaching for the Moon) stars as the impressionable oboist Hailey and Bernadette Peters (Smash) plays Gloria, the Chairwoman of the Board of the symphony.
Mozart in the Jungle also stars Saffron Burrows (Law and Order Criminal Intent) as Cynthia, a cellist in the middle of an affair with Thomas, Peter Vack (CBGB) as Joshua, a talented dancer out of Julliard who becomes Hailey’s love interest, and Hannah Dunne (This is It) as Lizzie, Hailey’s friend and roommate.
Written by Academy Award-nominee Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited), Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore) and Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), Mozart in the Jungle is about sex, drugs—and classical music—and shows that what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens on stage.
Growing up in Mexico, Jesus “Jesse” Celaya often listened to childhood stories shared by his father and grandfather. One particular account by his father ultimately inspired Celaya to write Chico Grande, a moving coming-of-age story recently optioned by Amazon Studios.
Chico Grande is about a young boy in 1960’s Mexico struggling with his own identity while obsessing over the original black and white serial of The Lone Ranger.
We asked Celaya about his inspirations for the script and setting.
What inspired you to create this movie?
Chico Grande is an amalgamation of a three different childhoods: my Grandfather’s, my Father’s and my own. Growing up in Mexico, I used to listen to the old-timers tell stories about when they were young. A few of them stuck out and have become the story we now share. My Father was the one that told me about his obsession with The Lone Ranger as a child, and how he used to wear the outfit, refusing to ever take it off. For some reason that strange image always stuck in my head, a little boy stubbornly wearing that costume in poor Old Mexico of all places. It spoke to me of identity.
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