Werner Herzog Joined ‘Star Wars’ Series for Money to Finance Cannes Movie ‘Family Romance, LLC.’

IndieWire | 5/25/2019 | Staff
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Werner Herzog surprised fans when in December 2018 Lucasfilm announced the prolific German director would be joining the cast of its first “Star Wars” series, “The Mandalorian.” Herzog rarely takes on acting gigs or projects that aren’t his own (a recent example being his villainous turn opposite Tom Cruise in 2012’s “Jack Reacher”), so many were left wondering what it is that lured the filmmaker to the “Star Wars” universe. A new interview with Vanity Fair from Cannes reveals it part of Herzog’s decision came down to money, but not because the director was selling out. Quite the contrary, as Herzog needed to get funds to make what would become his new Cannes drama “Family Romance, LLC.”

Herzog’s latest is set in Japan and centers around a man who is hired to impersonate the missing father of a young girl. Similar to Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” the foreign-language movie features no major stars and thus presented a huge challenge for potential financiers and distributors. Herzog also made the project more risky for backers by using an incomplete script on set. If no one was going to take...
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