Darren Aronofsky to make The General

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Mickey Rourke plays the title role with this performance that earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. His co-star Marisa Tomei was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress. As Randy "The Ram" Robinson, Rourke is a once-on-top pro wrestler whose been reduced to working odd jobs and wrestling at shabby venues on weekends. Despite his failing health, Robinson attempts to find romance with a stripper (played by Tomei) while also reaching out to his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood).
April 18th, 2012

Darren Aronofsky is to direct a movie about George Washington.

The 'Wrestler' filmmaker will focus on an as-yet undisclosed portion of the former US President's life in 'The General', though the movie is not expected to go into production for some time as the helmsman is currently focused on Biblical tale 'Noah'.

Darren will also produce through his Protozoa Pictures company, while Adam Cooper and Bill Collage have penned the script.

Studio Paramount Pictures are currently in negotiations to acquire their movie as part of their first-look deal with Protozoa Pictures, with the film set to be offered to others if a deal is not reached within the next few days.

As well as working on 'Noah' - which will star Russell Crowe in the lead role as a man struggling with people's inhumanity towards animals, his own alcoholism and impending floods sent from God - Darren is also considering 'Get Happy', a Judy Garland biopic which has Anne Hathaway attached.

If he takes on the film, it is unclear whether 'The General' or 'Get Happy' will be the project he tackles immediately after 'Noah'.