Seth Rogen has joined Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film based on his childhood in Arizona, Variety confirmed.
Rogen will play the role of Spielberg’s favorite uncle in the untitled film. As previously reported, Michelle Williams is in talks to play a major role as well.
The search is underway to find young actors of multiple ages to complete the cast, with one playing the inspired role of a young Spielberg – although the character’s name is not Steven.
Spielberg co-wrote the screenplay with Tony Kushner, with whom he previously worked on “West Side Story”, “Munich” and “Lincoln”. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the film will focus on a young protagonist growing up in Phoenix, Arizona in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and examine the character’s relationship with his parents at different times. .
Production is slated for this summer, with a release date slated for 2022. The film is produced by Spielberg, Kushner and Kristie Macosko Krieger.
Spielberg’s next project to hit the big screen is “West Side Story,” which is set to release on December 10 after being delayed for a year due to the pandemic. Spielberg’s adaptation of Broadway musical stars Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler as Tony and Maria, along with other cast members including Ariana Debose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Corey Stoll, Brian d ‘Arcy James, Rita Moreno and Curtiss Cook.
Rogen recently started his own cannabis company, Houseplant, and produced and starred in “An American Pickle” and “The Disaster Artist”. His production company with his partner Evan Goldberg, Point Gray, also had major success with the Amazon series “The Boys”.
Deadline Hollywood was the first to break the news.