Some professionals can traverse the line between acting and directing with ease. One such individual is Matt Ross, who has excelled acting on TV shows like American Horror Story, Magic City, Silicon Valley and Big Love, and sitting behind the camera on shorts (The Language of Love and Human Resources) and feature films (sexy Sundance drama 28 Hotel Rooms). Currently, Ross is taking on his biggest challenge to date, directing the drama Captain Fantastic. And now, we’ve learned that his cast, previously announced to be led by Viggo Mortensen, has added another huge talent, with word that Frank Langella has signed on.
No word yet on which part Langella will play, but Captain Fantastic centers on an idealistic father (Mortensen) who returns to society from living off the grid for a decade in the Pacific Northwest with his children. George MacKay, Annalise Basso, Samantha Isler, Aussie Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks and Charlie Shotwell all co-star. The drama is set to get filming underway shortly in Alburquerque, New Mexico.
The intriguing premise already put Captain Fantastic on our watchlist, but Langella, so good in Frost/Nixon and Good Night, and Good Luck (and even cheesier fare like The Box, if we’re being honest) is a tremendously talented actor. It will be great to watch him share the screen with Mortensen and younger stars like MacKay (How I Live Now), Basso (Oculus), Isler (TV’s Sean Saves the World), Hamilton (Strangerland), Crooks (Extant) and Shotwell (The United Colors of Amani).
Captain Fantastic will land in theaters next year.