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Casting Call: Van Gogh

The story of a younger Vincent Van Gogh is one that has yet to be told on screen. Other adaptations of his life such as Lust for Life (1956) and Vincent & Theo (1990) have chosen to focus more on his later years. Twenty-five-year-old Rupert Grint might be past his Harry Potter days of playing a teenager but, with a little make-up and the right styling, you can turn back the hands of time, right? He's already got the red hair and the light eyes that have been so famously immortalized in Van Gogh's many self-portraits.

Clasina Maria Hoornik, better known as Sien, was an impoverished prostitute that Van Gogh met when she was pregnant.  He provided a home and food for her and her daughter in exchange for help as a model. Their relationship yielded a vast series of drawings and paintings as well as disapproval and abandonment from his family. Not much is known about Sien as a person, but if anything can by assumed by Van Gogh's depictions of her, she was mysterious, seductive, troubled, and dark— i.e., Asia Argento.


Theo Van Gogh was Van Gogh's younger brother.  He was an art dealer who admired and supported Van Gogh both emotionally and financially. Their relationship mostly found its life through a series of letters. Though overshadowed by Van Gogh's eventual fame, Theo played a big role in getting his brother's work out into the public. The incessant smirk on Anton Yelchin's might just do the trick for this character. As far as we can tell from history books, Van Gogh's story is anything but lighthearted, but maybe the look in Yelchin's eyes will produce an opportunity for some good ol' comedic relief. 

The question of who will get to play Van Gogh in his prime is a tough one.  Who could do justice to such a legend? Though he hasn't got the red hair or the blue eyes of Rupert Grint, Christian Bale certainly has the bone structure. He's done a good job at playing psychologically troubled characters in the past and, with the recent end of the Batman trilogy, perhaps it's time Bale take up a new kind of hero, the one that sits quietly, reinterpreting the world through a paintbrush.


Part of Van Gogh's tragic tale was his unrequited love for his cousin, Kee Vos-Stricker. Legend has it that Van Gogh held his hand over a flame in conversation to his uncle to prove his love for her.  The artist even proposed to Von-Stricker and was met with the cold, blunt response of "No, nay, never." Harsh, but leave it to Kate Winslet to deliver those three words in the most elegant fashion. 

Fellow post-impressionistic painter Paul Gauguin is known to have been close with Van Gogh. Their short-lived friendship as painting buddies in Van Gogh's Yellow House in Arles yielded the much debated and highly sensationalized episode in which Van Gogh cut his ear off. Some sources will tell you it was just his earlobe and others say it was Gauguin himself who cut the whole thing off with sword during a heated argument. Regardless of the discrepancies, it's safe to assume that Hollywood wouldn't pass up an opportunity to reenact some sort of dramatic ear chopping.  For this equally brilliant and dark character, we pick Adrien Brody.