Upcoming Cumberbatch vehicle, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, boasts an all-star cast… and also Nick Cave.
I’ve been resisting the temptation to report on Nick Cave’s activities since someone with 18 followers accused us of ‘sucking Nick Cave’s dick’ on Instagram. No one wants to be accused of sucking Nick Cave’s dick, but this is pretty cool news. The Electrical Life of Louis Wain tells the true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose ‘playful, sometimes even psychedelic pictures helped to transform the public’s perception of cats forever’, says the blurb. That’s right, cats.
Cave plays sci-fi writer HG Wells in the movie, alongside Claire Foy (The Crown), Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd), Taika Waititi (Taika Waititi), Olivia Colman, Julian Barratt (‘Howard Moon’ from The Mighty Boosh). The film was written and directed by Will Sharpe, the creator of Flowers.
This isn’t the first time Nick Cave has starred in a film. In 1992 he played ‘Freak Storm’ opposite Brad Pitt in Johnny Suede; and in 1988, he played a psychotic inmate in John Hillcoat’s confronting Ghosts… of the Civil Dead. I thought he was terrific in both, but apparently, he regrets Johnny Suede. Wasn’t happy with his performance.
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain opens in the US on October 22, and on Amazon Prime Video on November 5.