Can you imagine Al Pacino as an aging rock star? Yes? Well, then you’ll feel good about the fact that Pacino has joined the cast of “Imagine,” where he’ll play an aging rock star. Julianne Moore and Jeremy Renner are also in the cast. Dan Fogelman wrote the script and will make his directorial debut.
Here’s the synopsis of the “dramatic comedy” from Deadline, which also broke the casting news:
Pacino will play an aging 1970s rock star who is still packing arenas and living a decadent life with a girlfriend way too young for him. On his 64th birthday, he discovers an undelivered letter written to his 19-year-old self from his hero John Lennon. He decides to straighten out, stop making a living off by “selling out” and playing old anthems, and rediscover the music he originally set out to make. He also tries to reconnect with the 40-year-old son he’s never known (Renner). He moves into a small New Jersey hotel and befriends the hotel’s manager (Moore). The rocker’s hope: that despite the rough journey, Lennon’s message that love is all that matters will ring true at the end.
Steve Carell was originally supposed to play the son, but bowed out. He’s still producing, though. Fogelman wrote “Crazy, Stupid, Love” for Carell and Moore.
Pacino’s tended to lean towards roles where he plays a caricature of himself lately, most likely to pick up money to do the theater projects that interest him more (he’s currently in previews for a revival of “Glengarry Glen Ross” on Broadway. This sounds like it could be a little bit better for him, though. Hey, he was one of the coolest guys of the ’70s.