The spheres are a’buzz with the latest celebrity additions to Scorsese’s first 3D venture, The Invention Hugo Cabret. The cast already includes Ben Kingsely, Sacha Baron Coen, Ray Winstone, and Jude Law. Now the the film will include Emily Mortimer and Michael Stuhlbarg, best known as the father from A Serious Man.
So what is The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which sounds like some sort of children’s steampunk fantasy? It is a children’s steampunk fantasy originally based on Brian Seznick’s children’s book of the same name. Here’s an adorable little interview with the author, who is not a nineteenth century Parisian wizard, but a young a man who, in all likeliness, was deeply influenced by George Melies and Winsor McCay.
In case you’re interested in the source material (and you’ve never been made to sit through it multiple times in Introduction to Film 101), here is the first part of Melies’ "A Trip to the Moon."