So according to IGN, Spielberg is looking at Heroes and Star Trek star Zachary Quinto to play 20th century composer George Gershwin in the upcoming biopic slated to start filming this spring.
If you aren’t familiar with Gershwin, you’re really missing out. He was responsible for some of the most popular songs of the last century, including jazz hits S’Wonderful, Can’t Take That Away from Me, Swanee, Summertime and Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off (aka the “I say poe-tay-toe, you say poe-tah-toe” song). The fantastic Gene Kelly musical An American in Paris has all songs by Gershwin, including his masterpiece, the sensual Rhapsody in Blue. He was also a very accomplished classical composer and wrote the controversial Porgy and Bess, which is considered the first true American opera.
I love his music and while I know a few things about the composer, I’m really interested to see what the movie is going to be like. I am also very interested in Quinto playing the musician because 1. Quinto is a very good actor and 2. he does bear a striking resemblance to Gershwin.
My one sad note? To take on this biopic, Spielberg left the remake of Harvey, which left that film’s fate in the balance. I kind of wanted to see Harvey get made because it’s such a great story.