Unless you count that Saturday Night Live spoof of Her in 2014, Jonah Hill hasn’t had the pleasure of sharing the screen with Joaquin Phoenix. Times have changed as both he and Rooney Mara are now in talks to join the actor in Gus Van Sant’s new film, EW has learned.
The project, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, is a biopic based on the autobiography of quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan. After a car accident left him paralyzed at the age of 21, Callahan turned to art as a form of therapy. His later work caused a ruckus in his hometown of Portland for its depiction of taboo topics.
“My only compass for whether I’ve gone too far is the reaction I get from people in wheelchairs, or with hooks for hands,” he told The New York Times in 1992. “Like me, they are fed up with people who presume to speak for the disabled. All the pity and patronizing. That’s what is truly detestable.”
Mara already appeared with Phoenix in Her, and will reunite with him as the titular Mary Magdalene in the Garth Davis-directed film. Hill, meanwhile, recently appeared in War Dogs and will next star in Netflix’s Maniac from True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga.
Variety was the first to report the casting.