First Look: Gary Oldman as Filmmaker Herman Mankiewicz in Biopic ‘Mank

Screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz co-wrote 1941’s Citizen Kane alongside Orson Welles. Welles is surely a household name, but Mankiewicz may not be as well-known, with a lot of his work going uncredited, like contributing to 1939’s The Wizard of Oz.

Director David Fincher (Gone Girl) is bringing Mankiewicz’s story to the big screen, giving the screenwriter himself the Hollywood treatment. According to ComingSoon.net, Fincher has been working on trying to get this made for over twenty years (that’s a long time <–understatement) and now it’s come to fruition, with his father, Jack Fincher, having written the script.

And, as the headline suggests, Oscar-winning actor Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) is set to take on the title role. Mankiewicz wrote or co-wrote over 100 films, but the forthcoming movie will focus on his most revered, that being the aforementioned Citizen Kane.

The movie kicks off in 1930s Hollywood, with Mankiewicz going from being a newspaper reporter to screenwriter. The story follows him as he races to finish his part of the script for writing partner Welles.

In the newly released photos for the movie, we see Oldman in character on a studio lot, and we get the sense he is doing a bit of a sprint-walk, even though it’s a still:

You can look for other familiar faces like Tom Burke (BBC America’s The Musketeers) as Welles, Amanda Seyfriend (Mamma Mia!) as actress Marion Davies, Lily Collins (Les Misérables) as actress Rita Alexander and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) as newspaper honcho William Randolph Hearst.

Oh, and we should point out, the movie will be filmed completely in black and white, to go with the time it’s set in.

Who wants to learn more about the making of Citizen Kane? Raise your hand!

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By Brigid Brown

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Presh JM Reporter

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