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Willem Dafoe to play Vincent van Gogh in impressionistic new biopic

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Over the years, Vincent van Gogh has been played by Kirk Douglas, Benedict Cumberbatch, and even Tony Curran in those Doctor Who episodes. But now it’s Willem Dafoe’s turn to tackle the impressionist in an upcoming film titled At Eternity’s Gate, Deadline reports. Given the talent involved, it’s safe to assume that this isn’t your standard biopic: It’s being directed by The Diving Bell And The Butterfly’s Julian Schnabel, who’s also a visual artist, and looks to be a more impressionistic—get it?—take on the painter. “This is a film about painting and a painter and their relationship to infinity,” Schnabel says. “It is told by a painter. It contains what I felt were essential moments in his life; this is not the official history—it’s my version. One that I hope could make you closer to him.” Yes, but will the whole ear situation still be involved?


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