John Krasinski, Aaron Sorkin developing Chateau Marmont mini-series for HBO


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There’s nothing I love more than movies about Hollywood. (Sunset Boulevard, Singin’ in the Rain, Ed Wood, Chaplin… ) And, apparently, there’s nothing that Hollywood loves more than movies about Hollywood. So it looks like everyone stands to benefit from this piece of awesome news: John Krasinski’s rep confirmed to EW that The Office actor is working with The Social Network‘s Aaron Sorkin on a mini-series for HBO surrounding the Chateau Marmont, the hotel in Los Angeles that has attracted industry A-listers for decades. (Deadline first broke the news.) Now, it’s far, far too soon to even speculate on casting news or even stars that could feature predominantly in the project inspired by Raymond R. Sarlot and Fred Basten’s history of the hotel, Life at the Marmont. (Sorkin first has to focus on some other projects on his table, including the cable news-set series, More As This Story Develops.) But since Krasinski hopes some of the industry’s best will participate in this “homage to Hollywood,” why not develop a dream cast that could evoke some of the Chateau’s most famous frequenters? My picks after the jump:

Marilyn Monroe: Christina Hendricks. Duh.

John Wayne: The only other actor who could furrow a brow like Wayne is the perpetually concerned-looking Mark Wahlberg. What? No!

Judy Garland: Am I crazy for seeing a little Elisabeth Moss in Garland? But can she sing? Whatever, if Peggy Olson can pull off bangs like this, she can do anything.

Barbra Streisand: The only possible person who could play Barbra the way she was: Glee wunderkind Lea Michele, who knows what it’s like to hope people don’t rain on her parade.

Robert De Niro: A star who also has acting chops, Oscars, and a cheek mole: Ben Affleck.

Keanu Reeves: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Reeves are nearly twins as it is. Whoa.

Vivien Leigh: Amy Adams. It’s in the eyes.

John Belushi: Sorry, James Belushi, it will never be you. But fellow funnyman Jack Black is the only actor who could come close to filling the big-screen manic aura of Belushi, who passed away at the Chateau.

Hunter S. Thompson: Johnny Depp might have expertly played “him” in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but, this time around, I’d vote for someone with less than matinee idol looks: Paul Giamatti.

Lindsay Lohan: How about Malin Akerman? She’s good at filling Lohan’s shoes.

A Ghost: Some reports claim the Chateau Marmont is haunted. Though some might joke that pale actors like Rob Pattinson should play the apparition, I’m going to go serious here and vote for the ghost spotted during the Washoe Club episode of Ghost Adventures. Or Devon Sawa.

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Comments (17 total) Add your comment
  • MCS

    This is so exciting. Movies/Tv shows about Hollywood are my favorite too, I hope this gets made.

  • alan of montreal

    Mark Wahlberg would have to grow about a foot to be John Wayne

    • Rockstarmom

      Exactly what I was thinking.

  • marty

    Lindsay Lohan? Hmmmm no. James Franco could pull off James Dean again though.

  • Marshall1

    John Krasinski is gorgeous….

    • Casey

      Yes, yes he is.

  • Evie

    I know it’s pretty early, but I really like this idea! I hope it follows through!

  • Buddymoore

    This is most likely going to be amazing. Why? Two words: Aaron. Sorkin.

  • jim

    Mark Wahlberg IS to short. Perhaps,
    Timothy Olyphant(from Justified) would be a better choice for the Duke. And he already has the cowboy hat, too!! lol

  • Andy

    Tom Waits =Tom Waits

  • Joel

    Instead of Lea Michele , how about Lauren Frost for Barbra.

  • Kimberley

    Hunter Thompson worked as a model in his youth, complete with those matinee idol looks you’re eschewing.

    And why have anyone besides Keanu Reeves play Keanu Reeves? The man either won the genetic lottery or sat for the same portrait artist Dorian Gray did.

  • Don Rubin

    I was there at the beginning when Sarlot and Kantarjian bought the Chateau all those years ago. LOTS of stories. Ray is still my best friend.

    • doug

      ok who is this ray guy and why is it always’ andre balazs’ hotel when he doesnt really own it, im so confused,. and i stay there all the time and stayed there before, he doesnt own like,,, any right? noone willtell me!

  • Adrienne Parks

    Way to go, Fred! Way to go Hollywood. It’s about time! Love the Chateau!

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