David Gordon Green Makes ‘Manglehorn’ Even More Enticing By Adding Holly Hunter


As excited as we all already were that David Gordon Green is getting back into making indie dramas with this year’s Prince Avalanche and Joe, and his upcoming project, Manglehorn, some new news has come along that has made the idea of getting to see Green moving back toward doing heavier material look even more promising—soon we’re going to get to watch the results of him directing Holly Hunter in a featured role.

Today it was announced [via Deadline] that Hunter has taken the female lead in that upcoming, Al Pacino-starring drama, Manglehorn, which we’ve already heard a little about. Plus, in addition to Hunter’s involvement, the same report also says that Argo’s Chris Messina and Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine have joined the film in supporting roles. That’s a really talented but fairly strange ensemble that’s been put together there. Perfect for David Gordon Green.

The film itself comes from a script that Green co-wrote with Paul Logan (not Hogan), and it will see Pacino playing a lonely old man who has a secret. Said secret being that, even though he lives a quiet life of routine in a small town now, 40 years ago he was a big time criminal and a participant in all sorts of robberies and whatnot. His other secret is that he gave up a great love in order to live this life of crime, and now that he’s an old man he finds that his thoughts are consumed with regrets over losing that special lady.

Where Hunter and company fit into all this is anyone’s guess, but it sounds like this is the sort of project that we’d be better off knowing as little about as possible anyway. Sometimes what a movie is can’t be properly explained through a plot synopsis or a rundown of the characters, and Green’s dramatic work tends to be this way. Probably we’d have the most fun with Manglehorn watching it while knowing as little about it as possible, so let’s go ahead and stick our heads in the sand for a while until they’re ready to release a trailer or something.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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