ComingSoon tells us that Elijah Wood will star in “The Late Bloomer.” Randall Einhorn is directing the adaptation of Ken Baker’s memoir “Man Made: A Memoir of My Body,” with a script written by Joe Nussbaum and Paul Kaplan & Mark Torgove.
Here’s the description from Amazon:
On the surface, Ken Baker seemed a model man. He was a nationally ranked hockey goalie; girls threw themselves at him; fans cheered him. Inside, though, he didn’t feel like a “man.” Baker found that despite his attraction to women, he had little sex drive and even less of a sex life. To his anguish, he repeatedly found himself unable to perform sexually. Despite strenuous workouts, his body remained flabby and soft.
In his eventual career as a Hollywood correspondent for People, Baker found himself challenged and tormented by the sexually charged atmosphere of Tinseltown. His relations with women fractured. Physically, matters would grow more bizarre as he would one day find himself lactating.
The macho culture that reared Baker made it agonizingly difficult for him to seek help. But he would eventually learn that he was suffering from a rare brain tumor that flooded his body with massive amounts of a female hormone. Six hours of brain surgery would accomplish what years of therapy, rumination, and denial could not. Finally, Ken Baker would be able to feel-and function-like a man.
At a moment of heated debate over nature versus nurture, Man Made-like no other book-illuminates the biochemical nature of sexuality. Moreover, it is a fascinating chronicle of growing up sexually as a male in America-and a profound recollection of the pain that accompanies sexual dysfunction in our post sexual-revolution culture.
Yikes! The human body does play funny tricks on us sometimes, doesn’t it?
“‘The Late Bloomer’ is the type of wonderful heartfelt comedy that I like to engage in. Puberty can be difficult at best and has the potential to be extremely comedic in normal circumstances,” said Einhorn. “This true story is anything but a normal circumstance. That truth is a new twist on something we all know well and Elijah is just perfect to play the lead role. It is clear to me that Dignity [one of the financiers] gets my vision for ‘The Late Bloomer’ and I am delighted to be working with Maggie and her team.”
Wood stars in FX’s “Wilfred,” and will also be seen in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” In early 2013, he has “Maniac,” a remake of the 1980s horror movie, coming out. He’s filming “Grand Piano” with John Cusack and also does voice work for “TRON: Uprising.”