David Fincher Casts Amanda Seyfried & Lily Collins In Netflix Film ‘Mank’ | Film News
David Fincher has added two talented actresses to the ever growing ensemble for his upcoming Netflix movie, Mank. Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins have joined the cast, and will join Gary Oldman in the black-and-white film about Citizen Kane co-writer Herman J. Mankiewicz.
The film revolves around Mankiewicz’s tumultuous development of the script for Citizen Kane alongside temperamental director Orson Welles, who will be played by one of the breakout stars of The Souvenir, Tom Burke. Seyfried will play actress Marion Davies, while Collins and Tom Pelphrey will play Mankiewicz’s secretary and brother, respectively.
The film will certainly be a personal project for Fincher, as his late father Jack penned the screenplay prior to his death in 2003. Fincher has had the project on the backburner for a while, hoping to get it made. But with studios shying away from pricey original movies, it was looking unlikely until Netflix stepped in.
It will be great to see Seyfried and Collins – two great actors that don’t have the best track record of being in good films – helmed by Fincher. He’s always been an actors director, and has pulled incredible performances out of actors that you’d never expect to hit those heights. Think Rosamund Pike‘s Oscar-nominated Gone Girl performance or Justin Timberlake in The Social Network.
Expect something similar here, especially for Seyfried considering that her role is being touted as the female lead. She’ll next be seen – rather, heard – as the voice of Daphne in Warner Bros.’ animated film Scoob, before starring opposite Kevin Bacon in David Koepp‘s supernatural thriller You Should Have Left.