Pre-production is chugging along on the film adaptation of Lisa Abend’s el Bulli book, and now the producers are making their wishes known when it comes to the lead role. They are hoping for Academy Award winner Javier Bardem to play wizard chef Ferran Adrià.
He’s an “obvious first choice,” says producer Philippe Rousselet to The Hollywood Reporter, who envisions the film as a mix of “The Breakfast Club meets Dead Poets Society meets The Social Network.” We can sort of see it — observe the side-by-side above — though we can’t really picture Adrià ever killing a man with a cattle gun. (It’s called acting, we guess.)
A second piece of news: if you’re hoping to be an extra just so you can eat at el Bulli again, you’re gonna have to go through the audition process like everyone else:
[Rousselet is] wary, though, of would-be extras who have begun swarming, hoping to taste a few dishes.
“Once we have shooting dates,” says Rousselet, “I’m shutting my phone off.”
So stop trying to sleep with him, sheesh! (Never stop trying for Javier, that is a noble, noble goal).
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