It’s been a little more than a year since we’ve seen any updates about the upcoming film from Peter Farrelly, a buddy comedy set in the Vietnam War-era. Coming off his Oscar win for “Green Book,” all eyes are on what the filmmaker has up his sleeve next. And apparently, now there’s some more traction on the feature, as he may actually reteam with his “Green Book” star Viggo Mortensen.
According to Variety, Viggo Mortensen is in negotiations to star in the upcoming untitled film, based on the book “The Greatest Beer Run Ever,” directed by Peter Farrelly. The film follows the true story of a man in 1967 that leaves New York on a quest to have a beer with his buddies that are fighting in Vietnam.
As mentioned, if Mortensen signs on, he’d rejoin Farrelly after the duo worked on the Oscar-winning film, “Green Book.” That role earned the actor an Oscar nomination, his third such honor. “Green Book” was nominated for 5 Oscars, winning two for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. But that film was also the subject of intense scrutiny, as the based-on-a-true-story nature of “Green Book” was disputed by family members of one of the subjects. In addition, the film was also the source of controversy from film critics and film fans that were upset that the story about racism was being told by white filmmakers in yet another “white savior” format.
Of course, even though the film was controversial, “Green Book” was a massive hit for both Mortensen and Farrelly and the duo obviously hope to replicate that success with their next venture. The new film is being co-written by Farrelly alongside Brian Currie and Pete Jones.
Mortensen was recently seen in the film, “Falling,” which also marked the actor’s directorial debut. That film has made the festival circuit and was recently added to the list of Official Selections from the now-canceled 2020 Cannes Film Festival.