Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant tackling John Callahan biopic

30th Nov 16 | Entertainment News

Actor Joaquin Phoenix is set to portray quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan in a new film.

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant are looking to make a biopic about quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan.

The Walk The Line actor is attached to star in Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, an adaptation of Callahan's 1980 memoir, reports Variety.

Callahan was a controversial and influential cartoonist whose work was often published in magazines like The New Yorker, Penthouse and Playboy. After Callahan was paralysed in a car crash at the age of 21, he turned to drawing as a method of coping, poking fun at taboos and social norms.

His somewhat racy sense of humour led to the occasional boycott, but the Washington Post also called him "among the most brilliant and original cartoonists who ever lived."

Callahan passed away in 2010 at the age of 59, following complications from quadriplegia and respiratory problems.

The Portland-based artist's story has long been in development as a film, with the late Robin Williams trying to get the film version made for several years, with Van Sant first approached about directing it in the early 2000s.

If the project comes together smoothly, it will mark Van Sant and Phoenix's first reteaming since the actor's breakout in 1995's To Die For. The pair had been set to work on 2015's Sea Of Trees, but Phoenix had to drop out, with the role eventually going to Matthew McConaughey.

Phoenix's other intriguing project in the pipeline is a role as Jesus Christ in the upcoming Mary Magdalene, which also stars Rooney Mara.

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