Now that the “Looking” movie has premiered at Outfest and is set to play on HBO later this month, Andrew Haigh is moving on to his next endeavor: an adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s novel “Lean on Pete.” The project, apparently one that the filmmaker has long desired to make, has just found its lead in Charlie Plummer. The young actor will play Charley Thompson, a wayward teenager whose mother abandoned him as a newborn and whose father has just died.
Deadline first announced the casting, which puts Plummer alongside Steve Buscemi as Del and a to-be-announced horse as the film’s namesake/Charley’s traveling companion as he sets out in search of an estranged family member. Plummer was most recently seen in this summer’s “King Jack” and also appeared in David Chase’s “Not Fade Away.”
Haigh, meanwhile, has won acclaim for his two most recent films, “Weekend” and “45 Years,” as well as his writing and directing on several episodes of HBO’s “Looking.” After “Lean on Pete,” he’s set to direct an Alexander McQueen biopic penned by playwright Chris Urch.