A new film about the legendary movie star Gene Kelly is heading our way, with Chris Evans set to play him.

Whilst there isn’t much to go on with this story yet, here’s an upcoming movie story that’s certainly interesting enough to capture the imagination. Chris Evans is reportedly set to play the iconic movie star Gene Kelly, from an original idea dreamed up by Evans himself.

This doesn’t just seem to be the standard biopic treatment either. With the news that Evans’ Knives Out collaborators Rian Johnson’s and Ram Bergman’s T-Street Productions are involved, we’d expect some kind of metatextual cleverness or narrative sleight of hand to be at work, and reports suggest that is the case. The movie will reportedly follow ‘a 12-year-old boy who works on the MGM Lot in 1952 and begins to create an imagined friendship with the legendary movie star Kelly while working on his next film.’

Whilst we’re obviously not studio executives, that pitch was enough to grab our attention, especially given the level of talent involved. As if that wasn’t enough, the news that John Logan, regular Bond scribe and writer of The Aviator, Sweeney Todd; The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and more, is penning the script, should be enough to make this a highly-anticipated project.

There’s always something a little magical about films set during the golden era of Hollywood, and this one looks set to offer some of that magic. We’re keen to see where it progresses next. No studio is attached to the project yet, nor does it have an official title, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.

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