Willie Nelson to Appear in Woody Harrelson’s Experimental Live Film
Willie Nelson will play a role in Woody Harrelson's upcoming film Lost in London, Entertainment Weekly reports. The film, which Harrelson wrote, directed and stars in, will also be the first-ever live cinema project.
The 100-minute film will be shot live in one continuous take and screened in more than 500 theaters at the same time.
“No one has ever shot a movie and live broadcast it into cinemas at the same time,” Harrelson says. “No one’s ever been that stupid — until now.”
An ambitious project for Harrelson, he tells EW that the film was inspired by true events. In 2002, Harrelson broke an ashtray in a cab in London and found himself in jail.
"If that hadn’t happened I never would have thought to do this," he reflects. "That was when I spent a night in jail here in London. But in this film, the whole night starts bad and keeps getting progressively worse. At the time, in real life, it was completely unfunny. But then later I thought about it later and I said, 'There’s comedy in this.'"
While Harrelson hasn't revealed the role Nelson will play in the film, he did say the project is shot in 14 different locations and with a 30 person cast that includes Nelson and Owen Wilson.
“It's a deep, soul-searching comedy. It’s about a guy who has it all and runs the risk of losing it all,” he shares. “And then hopefully ends up with this shot at redemption.”
Nigel Willoughby (Downton Abbey and Penny Dreadful) is the cinematographer for the film. It will be shot in London in the middle of the night and broadcast in theaters in the U.S. at 9PM ET on Jan. 19.
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