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Taylor and Hurt Inspired by Beethoven in Lesson 21

Published February 5, 2007 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage, Variety.
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When I hear that John Hurt and Noah Taylor have been put in a film together, I can only assume it is something creepy. Hurt was last seen terrorizing his own citizens as dictator of V for Vendetta while Taylor both handled tech support in Vanilla Sky and played father to Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

It is hard for any film to be creepy, however, when it is inspired by Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."


Hurt, Taylor for Lesson 21


Novelist Alessandro Baricco will be making his directorial debut with Lesson 21 and has picked up both John Hurt and Noah Taylor to topline.

The English-language drama is about a student (Taylor) blown away by a potent lecture about the peace-themed ode made by a mad music professor (Hurt).

The film will be produced by Domenico Procacci's Fandango in association with RAI Cinema, which will distribute in Italy.



Though Baricco has a history of bestselling books being made into movies, Lesson 21 will be based on one of his unpublished stories.

Leonor Watling and Clive Russell have also been cast.

Stay tuned for updates.


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