Frank Langella Delivers Richard Kelly's The Box

The veteran actor on the maverick director's newest project.

by | November 18, 2007 | Comments

Frank Langella in SUperman Returns

Everyone
connected with
Richard
Kelly
‘s The Box
is happy to explain the premise: a couple is delivered a box with a
philosophical quandary attached. Open the box and they will be rich but someone
they do not know will die.
Frank Langella
(Masters
of the Universe
,
Superman Returns
)
plays the deliveryman, Arlington Stewart, in what will be a challenging role for
him.

"I’m
jumping into a whole other genre certainly with a much younger cast.," said
Langella. "Cameron
Diaz
and
James Marsden
are the hot young actors and it puts me in a new world."

Needless
to say, Langella has more than a cameo, so he won’t just be dropping off the
package and leaving them be. "Believe I’m there for the duration. It’s a
remarkable script.  Every actor I know says to me, ‘How did you get that part?’
I’m thrilled."

Just
getting into wardrobe fittings has already become a surreal experience. "I met
Rich Kelly and his producing partner,
Sean
McKittrick
, the other day having had long conversations on the phone, and I
didn’t know they were the director and producer.  I thought there were, like, AD
assistants.  I met a much older woman who was doing the clothes and these two
young guys kept talking and interrupting her and I finally said, ‘What do you do
in the movie?’ and he said, ‘I’m the director.’  I said, ‘Oh, okay.  You’re my
boss.’"

The Box, based on Richard Matheson’s short story Button, Button, is due in theaters in 2008.

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