This has probably been a long time coming. Joel Edgerton, as busy and ambitious behind the scenes as he is on screen, has set indie drama “Weirdo” as his directorial debut, according to Screen Daily. He also wrote the script and will star in the film, but he’s not Ben Affleck-ing this thing – it will only be in a supporting role.
“It’s about a guy who is forced to face the past when it comes back in the form of an old school friend,” Edgerton told Screen Daily in Toronto. “But he continually lies about it (the past) and it haunts him in a bad bad way. ‘Weirdo’ is a very contained film: five or six locations and six characters. We have people interested in financing subject to casting and we’re playing that game now.” Filming is tentatively scheduled for next year in California, but it sounds like financing and such needs to be secured first.
Last seen in “The Great Gatsy,” Edgerton is currently in Toronto premiering “Felony,” which he wrote and stars in. He recently wrapped troubled Western “Jane Got a Gun” and his future projects include Jeff Nichols’ next, “Midnight Special” with Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst, as well as Ridley Scott’s biblical epic “Exodus” with Christian Bale and Aaron Paul.