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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 18, 2010 at 9:52 AM

So, who should play Kurt Cobain?

The Hollywood Reporter this morning has an update on the long-in-the-works Kurt Cobain biopic: Owen Moverman, who made his directing debut last year with the Oscar-nominated war drama “The Messenger,” is in talks to rewrite the screenplay and to direct the eventual film. David Benioff (“Brothers,” “X-Men: Wolverine,” “The Kite Runner”) began work on the screenplay in 2007. The film is expected to include much material from Charles R. Cross’ Cobain biography, “Heavier Than Heaven.”
What all this means, of course, is that somewhere in Hollywood (or elsewhere), some twentysomething actor is looking in the mirror, thinking, “Hmm, I kind of look like Kurt Cobain, don’t I?” Will the filmmakers go with a known quantity — a Jake Gyllenhaal, a Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a Shia LeBoeuf — or a newcomer? (Sadly, the one actor who might be a logical choice isn’t available: Heath Ledger.) Who’d be your choice?

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