Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, BIRDMAN is due for a limited release on October 17th of this year. Iñárritu is a Mexican director who gained acclaim in the states for his intensely dramatic films, 21 Grams (2003) and Babel (2006).
BIRDMAN can be viewed as a slight departure for Iñárritu, as it costars Zach Galifianakis and is described on the films official website as, “a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play.”
This will be Keaton’s first starring dramatic role in years with his most recent notable parts coming in the Will Ferrell comedy The Other Guys (2010) and as the voice of ‘Ken’ in Toy Story 3 (2010). BIRDMAN can also be viewed as a comment on or a way to poke fun at Keaton’s past when he played ‘Batman’ in 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns.
NYFF’s website revealed greater plot details including that Keaton’s character is named Riggan Thomson, and the play he struggles to mount is his own adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.
Thomson must contend with a resentful daughter (Emma Stone), a scene-hogging narcissist (Edward Norton), a vulnerable actress (Naomi Watts), an unhinged girlfriend (Andrea Riseborough), a manager who is coming undone (Galifianakis), as well as his own inner demon—the superhero that brought him fame, BIRDMAN.
The film was shot on location in New York City and is Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence. Iñárritu co-wrote the film’s screenplay along with Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo.
If you don’t live in New York City or Los Angeles, expect the film to be released at your local theatre on October 24th or 31st (Halloween).