The name Moritz Bleibtreu might not roll off your tongue, but no doubt you’ve seen his work in such widely divergent films as Run Lola Run, Munich, and (my personal favorite) Das Experiment. Interestingly, as Das Experiment undergoes an American remake, Bleibtreu is about to embark on a redux of his own: The classic German legend Faust with director Oskar Roehler at the helm.
According to today’s Variety, Bleibtreu is the first cast member signed for Roehler’s adaptation for Tele Muenchen Group and its production subsidiary Clasart. The two men have worked together three times already so it’s obvious they have developed quite a good rapport.
Faust itself has been inspiring authors, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, playwrights, and more for centuries. In its simplest form, it’s the story of a man who makes a pact with the Devil (aka Mephistopheles, to be played by Bleibtreu) in exchange for knowledge. It should be interesting to see what direction Roehler takes for his interpretation.
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