All-Star Cast Confirmed for Rob Ford Movie Musical
It’s a Rob Ford video you’ll actually want the world to see, and it’s headed for big screens in the New Year. My Fair Ford: Rob Ford The Musical, based on the controversial Toronto mayor’s recent drug and alcohol-fuelled troubles, is set to launch production with an all-star cast, including Robert De Niro, Bob Newhart and an un-retired Gene Hackman.
“It’s a true redemption tale,” says Dan Stevens, executive in charge of production at VisionWorx Entertainment Ltd. “To us, Rob Ford’s like a working man’s Robert Downey Jr. – he’s human, made mistakes, hit rock bottom, and there’s nowhere to go but up.” Stevens has attached a legendary Oscar-winning director to the project which will be announced at a later date.
My Fair Ford – a takeoff of My Fair Lady – is as much as Toronto’s tale as it is Ford’s. Stevens notes it begins in the present day with a down-and-out Mayor Rob Ford, abandoned by even his closest allies, clinging to office despite a tide of calls for his resignation following the crack smoking scandal.
Meanwhile, former Toronto mayors David Miller and John Sewell watch the scandal unfold on the news and, seeing pathos in the situation for both Ford and the city, make a bet that they can take him under their (left) wing and transform him from a public relations disaster into a respectable mayor in ample time to kick off his reelection campaign.
Rob Ford played by Gerard Depardieu
Doug Ford played by Val Kilmer
Police Chief Bill Blair played by Robert De Niro
Former Toronto mayor David Miller played by Kevin Kline
Former Toronto mayor John Sewell played by Gene Hackman
Doug Holyday played by Steve Buscemi
Karen Stintz played by Kristen Wiig
Adam Vaughn played by Jon Stewart
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly played by Bob Newhart
Denzil Minnan-Wong played by Fred Armisen
Will Ferrell as Ford Nation
And introducing Mel Lastman… as himself
Stevens offered up a sneak peek at some of the songs in the works:
1. “All That Crack”
2. “Don’t Cry for Me Etobicoke”
3. “I Could Have Drank All Night”
4. “Memories – I Have None, I was in a Drunken Stupor”
5. “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’ To Save Taxpayers Money”
6. “Tomorrow – I’ll Still Be Mayor So Suck It Socialists”
7. “I’m Gonna Wash that Crack Right Outta of My Pipe”
With files from Tianna Robinson, Nadine Sharon Anglin, and Cynthia Cravit.