I would never join a movie that had a guy like me as the main character.

It’s something Groucho Marx might have said of “Raised Eyebrows,” a film about the legendary comic’s final years, which is consolidating its funding ahead of the Cannes Film Market.

Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner Geoffrey Rush will play Groucho (born Julius) Marx towards the end of his life, in the 1970s, when he staged a comeback of sorts as a grumpy octogenarian. Powerful Independent Producer Owen Moverman will direct the film, and co-wrote it with Steve Stolieron whose memoirs the book is based.

Stoliar, a writer-producer (credits include episodes of “WKRP in Cincinnati”!) entered Groucho’s orbit as a young man, and will be played by Charlie Plumer. Siena Miller was chosen as Groucho’s young personal manager Erin Fleming who brought the increasingly fragile vaudeville and Hollywood legend back into the limelight, and argued for his Oscar in 1974.

Regarding the deal with London-based Bankside Films, Israel-born, US-based Moverman, who was nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for “The Messenger” and won an Emmy for producing ” Bad Education,” said, “I’m thrilled and grateful that Bankside is joining our fierce cinematic family in bringing Groucho back to the movies. Their emphasis on indie quality speaks for itself. These days, that says it all.

Groucho’s later years and frequent appearances on “The Dick Cavett Show” aren’t exactly the pinnacle of great comics – those would be early 1930s movies like “Duck Soup” and “A Night at the Opera” . But he has long had a curious fascination with the world of comedy. Her very era-specific look was an Easter egg gag on “The Simpsons” (when Krusty the Clown had a vision of his future.) howard stern He once said how excited he was to watch a comedy legend who was so chaotic in his youth, only to be let down by a frail man whose slow-paced stories don’t always land in a punchline. And the late Gilbert Gottfried enjoyed frustrating audiences with his painfully accurate impersonation.

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