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