With his first few films, Man Push Cart, Chop Shop, and Goodbye Solo, director Ramin Bahrani put his focus squarely on the hardships that face immigrants when they come to the United States and try to build a new life out of nothing. But with his latest, At Any Price, Bahrani moved his focus to a group of people who have been in the land of opportunity as long as anybody, the bread belt’s farming families, and showed how they are just as vulnerable to the hardships that come from today’s economic climate as anybody else.
His next film, 99 Homes, seems like it’s going to continue down that path, because according to a report from THR, it’s just cast The Social Network and The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield in its lead role, that of a man who has his life flip-turned-upside-down when he becomes the victim of predatory lending practices.
In a story that seems to be ripped directly from the headlines of any newspaper in 2008, Bahrani’s script for 99 Homes is said to be about a man who loses his home to foreclosure and, in a moment of financial desperation, takes a job with the very same real estate broker who took his house and is currently taking the homes of many (98?) others. Before long, the protagonist finds himself pulled out of his dire financial straights, but seeing as his new life involves him helping to push people out of their homes all while helping those who are already rich embezzle money from the government, what price will his newfound financial security end up having on his soul? Likely quite a big price, or this wouldn’t end up being much of a movie, now would it?
Word is that the next step in Bahrani’s casting process will be the search for someone to play the manipulative broker. Here’s where we all say a silent prayer that he stays as far away from Ben Affleck as possible.