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Ray Winstone to star in Nick Cave and John Hillcoat’s THE DEATH OF BUNNY MUNRO

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 28th, 2010


I couldn’t ask for a better way to start the week.

According to an interview at the Dundee Literary Festival (via The Playlist), Nick Cave confirmed that Ray Winstone has been cast as the lead in the upcoming adaptation of his novel, The Death Of Bunny Munro. Awesome, right? Well, for those who don’t remember, the film will also be helmed by Cave’s cinematic soul mate, one John Hillcoat.

Yeah, I’ll let that all just soak in.

Apparently, the novel was actually set to be a script in the earliest stages of Cave’s creation of the piece, and is also where the thespian first really gained interest in the project.  However, things fell apart. But now it looks like the film is getting a second chance at life, and I could not be more happy. The story follows the title character, who after the death of his wife, has his life do a complete 180. He and his son, Bunny Junior, go on a road trip, and the story takes off from there. This all hinges on if the film does actually get made, as the story says the actor is "dying to do it," so here's to hoping it actually does.

Winstone starred in Hillcoat and Cave’s film, THE PROPOSITION, which by all intents and purposes, may be one of the best Westerns that this generation has seen. Hillcoat’s a fantastic director, Cave is one hell of a writer, and the premise sounds like a perfect fit for Winstone, who could really use a starring role after bit parts in films like EDGE OF DARKNESS.  All and all, this is cinematic music to my ears, for sure.

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