THE TOYER STILL IN CASTING, PHANTOM LOOKING FOR BACKERS
In a brief update for De Palma a la Mod, Brian De Palma says that he is still looking for a cast for The Toyer. You may be thinking, "What's that? Why are you putting a 'The' in front of 'Toyer'?" Well, it looks like that is the official title, according to a Production Weekly listing from last August. Not only that, but I have seen the screenplay, in which after a prolonged prologue, a title comes up on the screen that reads "The Toyer." This screenplay has about five main characters, but one character in particular requires a deft bit of casting along the lines of someone like Rie Rasmussen from Femme Fatale. And of course the two main characters have to be strong presences. It will be interesting to see who eventually fills in these roles.
De Palma also said that he and Edward Pressman and Paul Williams are currently looking for financial backers to get the stage version of Phantom Of The Paradise off the ground.