Reader, you come to this site. You’ve got a smart head on your shoulder. You can tell that the above headline is dripping with details to automatically make any indie bro wet himself over the weirdness of seeing Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, as fine and accomplished a songwriter as anyone working today, and Matthew McConaughey, he of the recently respawned-by-way-of-stripping career, interact on screen in a real, bonafide feature length film. But throw Jared Leto into the mix? The unfortunately groomed 30 Seconds to Mars frontman? Jordan fucking Catalano, who couldn’t even read? As Cox’s lover? It is so much to hope for. Here’s the Playlist on the casting for The Dallas Buyer’s Club (emphasis mine):
Written by Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack, the film is based on the true story of Ron Woodruff (Matthew McConaughey), who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and was given only months to live. With nothing to lose, he began experimenting with underground, non-FDA-approved drugs, and wound up living longer than expected. He began getting these drugs into the hands of other AIDS sufferers as well, but it wasn’t long before the FDA tried to shut him down. Cox, whose distinctive tall and gaunt figure comes as a result of Marfan syndrome, will be playing cross-dressing Jared Leto’s lover in the picture.
Is it too much to ask that Cox end up influencing Leto off-screen to make more Deerhunter-sounding 30 Seconds to Mars songs? Not the other way around, please. It sounds like a good movie on its own, but this bit of casting news is too bizarre to avoid squealing over.