- Peacock (2009 film)
name = Peacock
writer = Michael Lander
Cillian Murphy Ellen Page Susan Sarandon Josh Lucas Bill Pullman
released = 2009
language = English
imdb_id = 1188113 |
"Peacock" is an upcoming
psychological thrillerdirected by Michael Lander, written by Lander and Ryan Roy, and starring Cillian Murphyand Ellen Page. The film has been set for release some time in 2009.cite web|last=Oliver|first=Matt|title=Lights, camera, Boone|date=2008-06-09|url=http://www.midiowanews.com/site/tab3.cfm?newsid=19758297&BRD=2700&PAG=461&dept_id=554434&rfi=6|accessdate=2008-09-18 "Boone News Republic"] The title is derived from the fictional Nebraskatown where the story is set.cite web|last=Siegel|first=Tatiana|title=Page, Murphy set for 'Peacock'|date=2008-02-14|url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117980955.html?categoryid=1236&cs=1|accessdate=2008-08-11 "Variety"]
John Skillpa (Murphy), a quiet bank clerk with a secret alter ego as a woman (named Emmacite web|title=Cillian Murphy's Latest Transgender Gig|date=2008-03-24|url=http://www.filmstew.com/showArticle.aspx?ContentID=17074|accessdate=2008-09-07 "Film Stew"] ), finds his life in disarray when a train crashes into his back yard, revealing his secret to the public. He must then fool the town into believing his two alter egos are man and wife.cite web|last=Siegel|first=Tatiana|title=Trio flock to 'Peacock'|date=2008-05-05|url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117985116.html?categoryid=1237&cs=1|accessdate=2008-08-11 "Variety"]
Casting calls for extras and other minor roles were made in the Des Moines, Iowaarea in April 2008.cite web|last=Clark|first=Eric|title=Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival brings 40 locally grown titles to town|date=2008-04-03|url=http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080403/NEWS/715966252/1006/news|accessdate=2008-09-18 "The Gazette"]
Filming began May 6, 2008 in the small town of
Odebolt, Iowa (where the First State Bank became "Peacock State Bank").cite web|title=Iowa Town Becomes Scene of Hollywood Film|date=2008-05-08|url=http://www.kmeg.com/Global/story.asp?S=8292589&nav=menu609_2_4|accessdate=2008-08-26 " KMEG"]
Filming was scheduled to continue on June 5, 2008 in Boone, Iowa, but due to weather conditions, Cornfield Productions was forced to delay filming until the following day. The filming occurred at the local train tracks with
line producerBrian Bell explaining that this particular shot was a "visual effects" shot, where the train will eventually be digitally edited to appear as if it is passing through Skillpa's backyard, even though it is not physically there. Although the shooting took four hours to complete, it will only comprise about 10 to 15 seconds of the film.
The filming of "Peacock" ended on June 9, 2008.
Cillian Murphyas John Skillpa, a "retiring, shy and completely nondescript bank employee" leading a double life as Emma, his female alter ego.cite web|title=PMS Casting - Casting Calls - Peacock|url=http://www.pmscasting.com/casting-peacock.html|accessdate=2008-09-18 "PMS Casting"] Murphy states that "Peacock" stunned me as a script from start to finish. It offers an incredible challenge to an actor — one I couldn't turn down."
Ellen Pageas Maggie, a struggling young mother who holds the key to Skillpa's past and sparks a battle between the personalities. Page comments, "This is one of the boldest screenplays I've come across in my albeit short career; it's a character and story I can throw myself into and exactly the type of movie I love to be a part of."cite web|title=Ellen Page and Cillian Murphy Ready for Peacock|url=http://filmonic.com/ellen-page-and-cillian-murphy-ready-for-peacock|accessdate=2008-09-19 "Filmonic"]
Susan Sarandonas the wife of Peacock's mayor who also runs a local woman's shelter.cite web|title=Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman and Ellen Page Join "Peacock"|date=2008-2008-05-06|url=http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/news/article/0,,4679641,00.html|accessdate=2008-09-07 "ARTISTdirect"] Sarandon has said that "Peacock" is "a very strange little piece — kind of ominous."cite web|last=Beck|first=Marilyn|title=One Time Co-Star of Ryan Gosling and Life Achievement Honoree Rowlands in No Hurry for Next Job|date=2008-08-25|url=http://www.nationalledger.com/artman/publish/article_272622312.shtml|accessdate=2008-09-18 "National Ledger"]
Bill Pullmanas Skillpa's supervisor. Pullman has described "Peacock" as "a very interesting script," explaining that his role "is another character hiding the fact he's the closest one like [Skillpa] . It's a very different part for me."cite web|last=Beck|first=Marilyn|title=Bill Pullman Pulls Festival Duty Again|date=2008-08-28|url=http://www.nationalledger.com/artman/publish/article_272622391.shtml|accessdate=2008-09-18 "National Ledger"]
Josh Lucasas a local police officer and Skillpa's friend.cite web|title=Susan Sarandon and Josh Lucas flock to "Peacock"|date=2008-05-05|url=http://www.reuters.com/article/filmNews/idUSN0542332120080506|accessdate=2008-09-07 " Reuters/ The Hollywood Reporter"]
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