TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - January 14, 2019
Hot on the heels of his funniest cameo in years in Holmes and Watson, your friend Billy Zane is back at it, this time tackling the role of one of our greatest actors: Marlon Brando. That's right, everyone's favorite follically challenged actor is stepping into the sizable slacks of Brando during a crucial time in his life.
According to Variety, Zane will be portraying Brando in an adaptation of the book "Waltzing with Brando" by architect Bernard Judge, who was enlisted by the actor in the late 60s to construct an island paradise on a small, borderline uninhabitable Tahitian island. The article states that the film will be "set primarily between 1969 and 1974," which is the period when most people thought Brando was done for as an actor, before he proved them all wrong with the one-two punch of The Godfather and Last Tango in Paris.
Zane wears his paunch well, and based on my terrible photoshop skills, he's going to make a pretty convincing Brando from this era. I think it's pretty brilliant casting, as not many people think of Billy Zane when putting together a movie anymore. That needs to change. Hopefully if this succeeds, Zane can do an adaptation of the documentary Listen to Me, Marlon, re-titled, Listen to Your Friend Billy Zane, Marlon.