Published Jan 15, 2008Heavier Than Heaven, the Kurt Cobain biography penned by Charles Cross has entered pre-production with a script by David Benioff, leading the way for a plethora of casting rumours. Courtney Love recently sounded off to UK tabloid the Mirror on her top choices for the leads. In a typical display of tasteful vanity, Love has already sent a contract to Scarlett Johansson, a step up from the Kirsten Dunst rumour previously circulating. And who does Courtney think would do her late husband justice? Oscar-nominated Canadian actor Ryan Gosling, who successfully mixed drugs and music for his role as a crack addicted teacher in Half-Nelson.
"This is a labour of love for Courtney," a friend of Love says. "She will be on set all the time giving Scarlett and Ryan advice on what it was like being one part of the most notorious couples since Sid and Nancy." Right.
Who wouldn't want to be a part of that magical film making process? Now let's take a look at some of the completely unfounded but amusing casting rumors for other key roles in Cobain's life story as suggested by Rolling Stone: Justin Long as Krist Novoselic
Topher Grace as Dave Grohl
Cate Blanchett as Eric Erlandson
Jake Gyllenhaal as Axl Rose
Jack Black as Buzz Osbourne
Emile Hirsch as Eddie Vedder
Toni Collette as Kim Gordon
Ron Jeremy as Tad Doyle (brilliant!)
Personally, I think Gyllenhaal has a better look and build for Grohl, and Topher Grace would rock a killer snake dance as Axl. The popular choice of bloggers are Paul Dano as Novoselic and either Billy Crudup, James McAvoy or Zac Efron as Kurt, which seem like more appropriate choices than Gosling. But who would make the most realistic Courtney? Brittany Murphy, maybe? We'll just have to wait and see.
Kurt & Courtney: A Film by Nick Broomfield (trailer)