Dane DeHaan and Rooney Mara are to star in a musical from Australian writer-director Diesel Schwarze, a protege of Baz Luhrmann.
Deadline is reporting that the musical, titled Ziggy, will tell the story of “a hunchback escape artist (DeHaan) who arrives in New York during the mass-culture boom of the late 1920s. As he falls in love with the fiancé (Mara) of a powerful media mogul, the story charts Ziggy’s rise to fame and subsequent fall amid a romantic world crashing down on its own impossible idealism.”
This will mark the directorial debut of Schwarze, who reportedly worked under Luhrmann on the Broadway shows of Moulin Rouge and La Boheme. Schwarze has teamed up with British music producer and songwriter Alex Da Kid to create the film’s music, which is said to be contemporary. Alex Da Kid has worked with the likes of Eminem, Dr. Dre, Rihanna and Imagine Dragons, to name a few.
“Diesel has written an incredibly beautiful and ambitious story and his background working under Baz Luhrmann combined with his prolific commercial work, lends itself to bringing this story to life in a visually inspired and exciting way,” said Lynette Howell (The Place Beyond the Pines), who is producing the picture with Electric City partner Jamie Patricof.