Award-winning director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) took a small film-directing hiatus after the release of the shocking and eerie psychological thriller Gone Girl. During the five-year gap, he joined Tim Miller (Deadpool) in producing Love, Death & Robots, a Netflix adult animated sci-fi, as well as directing some episodes of the TV serial killer drama Mindhunter. However, this July, much to the excitement of fans, Variety reported that Fincher would return with his own film, Mank. This film is a much more personal project as it will be based on a script written by his late father, Jack.
The film has been in development for over a decade and, while there isn’t much that can be said about the plot just yet, what we do know is that it will be a biopic focusing on Herman Mankiewicz and his writing of the script for Orson Welles’s iconic film, Citizen Kane. It has since been reported that Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) will play Mankiewicz as the lead, alongside Lily Collins (Love, Rosie) and Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!).
The film will be shot in black and white and it’s unknown when it will be released. Other members of the newly revealed cast include: Tuppence Middleton, Tom Burke, Arliss Howard, Joseph Cross, Sam Troughton, Tom Pelphrey, Toby Leonard Moore, Jamie McShane, Ferdinand Kingsley, and Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance.
While Fincher may have taken a break from films for a while, the lead Gary Oldman has been busy having recently appeared in Netflix’s The Laundromat (with Charles Dance, another Mank cast member). The same can also be said for Seyfried, who co-starred with This Is Us’s Milo Ventimiglia in The Art of Racing in the Rain which was released this year.
The Indiependent will bring you updates on all things film, including Mank’s release date, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, you can check out some of David Fincher’s films listed below:
The Game (1997)
Fight Club (1999)
Panic Room (2002)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
The Social Network (2010)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Gone Girl (2014)
Words by Libby Briggs