David Fincher fans, it’s time to rejoice. The director is back in less than two months with Mank, his first feature since Gone Girl six years ago. And judging by the looks of the making-of Citizen Kane drama, there’s a reason Netflix has slotted it as an Oscar hopeful.
Gary Oldman stars as alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he struggles with Orson Welles over the completion of Citizen Kane, regarded as one of the greatest movies of all-time. The cast includes Tom Burke as Welles, Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies, Lily Collins as Rita Alexander, Arliss Howard as Louis B. Mayer, Charles Dance as William Randolph Hearst, Tom Pelphrey as Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Tuppence Middleton as Sara Mankiewicz, Joseph Cross as Charles Lederer, Craig Robert Young as Charlie Chaplin, Sebastian Faure as Clark Gable, Michelle Twarowska as Joan Crawford, Scarlet Cummings as Bette Davis, Natalie Denise Sperl as Greta Garbo, Trevor Wooldridge as Darryl F. Zanuck, Ferdinand Kingsley as Irving Thalberg, and Toby Leonard Moore as David O. Selznick.
The film was written by Fincher’s deceased father, Jack Fincher, and has been on the director’s list since the ’90s. He’s reunited with The Social Network composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, while bringing aboard cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt who he worked with on Mindhunter.
Mank hits Netflix on December 4th.
SYNOPSIS: 1930s Hollywood is re-evaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane for Orson Welles.