A few months ago, Tim Burton decided to leave the fantastical behind and take on the biopic Big Eyes, and now he’s filling out the cast, with THR reporting that Danny Huston is in talks to star in the film.
The movie is based on the fascinating true story of artists Margaret Keane and Walter Keane (Amy Adams & Christoph Waltz), whose bizarre paintings featuring large eyed characters were beloved across the world in the 1960s. However, Margaret later claimed she was the true artist behind all the big-eyed paintings, and that the rather pompous and self-obsessed Walter (who spoke about himself in the third person and compared himself to Rembrandt and El Greco) stole all the credit for her work.
It set off a long running dispute between the two which ended in court battles, and a rather dramatic moment in court where the judge asked both to do some painting. Walter refused to do so because of a pain in his arm, but Margaret quickly crafted one of her trademark paintings.
Huston will play a burnt-out, heavy-drinking gossip reporter.
Filming is due to kick off this summer, with Burton working from a script by Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander.