After a decade of development, Tony Kaye’s The Trainer’s promising creative team is reinforced with some solid casting.

Following ten years of languishing in development hell, The Trainer is finally heading into production. The film ‘takes place over the course of eight days of “sleep-deprived chaos” following an unlucky fitness trainer named Jack (Vito Schnabel). Tired of living with his mother in Los Angeles, he tries to make one last serious go at fame and fortune.’

The Trainer is finally set to enter production in early April in Los Angeles. Vito Schnabel takes the lead in the project, having also drafted the screenplay. Schnabel doesn’t have too many credits to his name, although he did star in Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum. 

Julia Fox of Uncut Gems is set to co-star, whilst The Sopranos’ Steven Van Sandt will also feature alongside Taylour Page.

Along with those names, which were announced a couple of weeks ago, Collider has now revealed that Stephen Dorff, John McEnroe, Gina Gershon, and Luke Sabbat are all joining the production too. It’s an intriguing (and eclectic) list of names, from Dorff, the always watchable veteran actor, to McEnroe, the former tennis superstar. Gershon is also set to appear in the upcoming videogame adaptation Borderlands, whilst Sabbat has only a handful of credits to his name, including The Dead Don’t Die.

Whilst both the casting and the premise are interesting enough, the involvement of director Tony Kaye is also interesting too. Kaye is the credited director on 1998’s American History X although the battle for the director’s chair in that movie are well documented. Kaye hasn’t really worked on anything nearly as high-profile since, preferring smaller projects over which he has full control. Plot details for this one are said to be tightly under wraps but with this casting announcement, our interest just went up another notch.

We’ll let you know more about The Trainer as we hear it.

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