Andrew Garfield is slated to star in the musical biopic “Instrumental,” directed by Oscar winner James Marsh (“The Theory of Everything” “Man on Wire”).
Reported exclusively by Deadline, the “Hacksaw Ridge” actor will be playing the role of James Rhodes, based on the concert pianist’s best-selling memoir. Garfield, who’s starred in “Under the Silver Lake,” “The Social Network” and the underrated Scorsese picture “Silence,” reels into the dramatic. His turn as the famed pianist comes with its demand as Rhodes’ life was affected with spinal damage, eating disorders and PTSD. Rhodes’ life also experienced the effects of abuse and how his abuser died before he could appear for trial.
From the Deadline article:
Based on internationally acclaimed concert pianist James Rhodes’ bestselling memoir, the project is being produced by Debra Hayward (Les Misérables) and Alison Owen’s (Suffragette) Monumental Pictures. Garfield will star as Rhodes.
Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate UK commented on the acquisition, “We are thrilled to be working with Debra and Alison again, adding another esteemed British project to our slate. Debra and Alison have a reputation for producing quality British features which equals our championing of British talent and dedication to producing and releasing British Films.”
Garfield has been showing audiences that he can tap further into his talents. Taking up the Martin Scorsese directed drama “Silence” proved him driven. It feels like yesterday he was yelling at Jesse Eisenberg about flip flops and pretentious Prada in David Fincher’s “The Social Network.” The actor is currently in pre-production on Gia Coppola’s “Mainstream,” a love triangle drama starring Nat Wolff, Jason Schwartzman and Maya Hawke.
Lionsgate is holding international sales for “Instrumental,” while Lionsgate UK holds distribution rights for the United Kingdom. The film is set to begin production in the UK later this year. The package will be present at this year’s Cannes market.