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Billy Wilder & Me: Plot, Cast and Everything Else We Know



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Billy Wilder is recognized as one of the most iconic directors of Hollywood’s golden age. Directing classics such as Some Like It Hot, Double Indemnity, and The Apartment propelled Wilder to fame and made him one of the most successful directors in Hollywood. Billy Wilder & Me is described as part coming-of-age and part true-to-life story of the director. Set to give a glimpse into what a certain period of time in the director’s life may have looked like, the part biopic has roused the anticipation of die-hard cinema lovers.

The movie was announced by producer Jeremy Thomas and will be an adaptation of a novel by author Jonathan Coe. Published in 2020, Coe’s novel is titled Mr. Wilder and Me

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. The source text was received well by critics, with readers calling the novel a particularly moving piece of writing. Given the fact that the movie adaptation will be based on the book, it stands to reason that the film, too, may have the same success as its source text. With the movie still being in pre-production, details remain scarce. However, here’s all we know about Billy Wilder & Me so far.

Despite Billy Wilder’s renowned reputation in Hollywood, when the director attempted to make a movie in his 70s regarding an aging screen siren being lured out of retirement, the director was rejected by every studio that had once welcomed him with open arms. The occurrence was first adapted into the text Mr. Wilder and Me by Jonathan Coe, with The Observer hailing the book as “satisfyingly sweeping” and regarding it as “a novel to cherish.”

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Now building upon the foundation set by Coe, the movie Billy Wilder & Me will center on the same events that gave inspiration for the book. The official synopsis of the film reads:

With Wilder’s latest film being shot down, he turns to Germany, which he once left behind, to get the funds he needs to make his movie a reality. The young woman, who knows only little of Wilder and his position in cinema, joins him on his journey, and Wilder opens up to her as they grow closer. Taking viewers back to 1977, the movie is poised to give audiences insight into Wilder’s life and the trials and tribulations he faced.

At the time of writing, the only confirmed cast member of Billy Wilder & Me is veteran actor Christoph Waltz. Waltz will play the lead character of Billy Wilder. The actor has previously starred in movies such as Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and Spectre. The German-Austrian actor has also been on the receiving end of many accolades, including Golden Globe, Academy, British Academy Film, and Screen Actors Guild awards.