By Will Ashton
Considering his track record thus far, anything writer/director Tom McCarthy decides to make is high anticipated in my book. Although casting Adam Sandler as the lead in his latest, The Cobbler, may be a bit worrisome, Sandler has proven in the past that he can handle himself if given strong material, and McCarthy’s latest casting (well, most of them) continues to inspire confidence.
The Wrap reveals that Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi and Method Man have all joined the project. They follow Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), who was also cast in the film just a couple weeks ago. Details on their characters are being kept under wraps at this time.
Mary Jane Skalski, who has produced all of McCarthy’s films so far, is also producing this film, which has a budget of $10 million.
The Cobbler will center on “a shoe man who has the ability to metaphysically step into the lives of the people whose shoes he repairs.” It is shooting now in New York City.
Although I can’t say that I’m the biggest fan of Method Man—at least as an actor—I’m loving the cast for this film so far. I have full faith in McCarthy and I really hope he makes another great film here.
Hoffman directed last year’s Quartet and will next be seen in Chef next year. Buscemi was recently seen in this year’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Grown Ups 2 and Monsters University and can currently be seen in the new season of Boardwalk Empire on HBO. Method Man will next been heard in FX’s Chozen.