Casting News: Gary Oldman to Star in David Fincher’s Biopic of ‘Citizen Kane’ Screenwriter

Gary Oldman won an Oscar last year for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. Now he’s signed up to star in another prestigious-sounding biopic, about the life of legendary Hollywood screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz.

David Fincher is directing the movie about Mankiewicz, who co-wrote the screenplay to all-time Hollywood classic Citizen Kane with Orson Welles. Titled Mank in a nod to the screenwriter’s nickname, the biopic will be shot in black-and-white to give it the look of a film from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Production is due to begin in the fall.

It’s easy to see why Oldman was attracted to playing Mankiewicz, a formidable and famously witty figure who worked as a New York Times theater critic before becoming known for “fixing” film screenplays. Among the many movies he worked on, sometimes uncredited, were It’s a Wonderful World, Duck Soup, and The Wizard of Oz.

Mankiewicz was also an alcoholic who squabbled publicly

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