We head back to the making of screen classic Citizen Kane in Mank, which finds Oscar winner Gary Oldman playing that highly-lauded film’s screenwriter, Herman Mankiewicz. Tackling a script that targets cutthroat newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst (played by Charles Dance, Game of Thrones) is no easy matter – and nor is it doing so with a serious drinking problem, a studio breathing down your neck, director Orson Welles (Tom Burke, Only God Forgives) wanting perfection, and “silly plutonic affairs” (Amanda Seyfried plays actress Marion Davies, who was Hearst’s mistress) while an understandably unhappy wife (Tuppence Middleton) is pushed further.
Fincher’s late father, Jack Fincher, wrote the screenplay for Mank, which will be the filmmaker’s first film since 2014’s Gone Girl. Unsurprisingly, with all that talent and the film’s overall Hollywood-period setting, the awards chatter has already started. While I’m personally not too enticed by the crammed exposition format of the official trailer below, I’m still most certainly looking forward to seeing the picture as soon as it drops.
Mank will be streaming on Netflix from December 4th. In the US, it will first be hitting limited cinemas in November.
1930s Hollywood is re-evaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane for Orson Welles.