Mick Jagger’s Acting Comeback to Close Venice Film Fest

Art heist film The Burnt Orange Heresy features Donald Sutherland catching rye and a Rolling Stone gathering moss.

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Mick Jagger is making his movie comeback.

The lead singer of the Rolling Stones hasn’t acted since 2001’s The Man from Elysian Fields. He turned down the booty from a part in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise but couldn’t turn away from an erotic neo-noir art heist thriller. The Burnt Orange Heresy, which also stars Donald Sutherland as a reclusive artist in the JD Salinger mold, will have its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival on September 7, 2019, according to Variety. The film will close out the festival in with an out-of-competition screening in the Sala Grande after the awards ceremony.

Based on Charles Willeford’s 1971 novel The Burnt Orange Heresy, the film was directed by Giuseppe Capotondi. When the movie was first announced, Christopher Walken was listed in the role of Debney. It was set in the early seventies. Set in present-day Italy, Jagger plays art collector Cassidy who hires art critic James Figueras (Claes Bang) and his lover Berenice Hollis (Elizabeth Debicki) to steal a painting from Jerome Debney (Sutherland). Jagger’s Cassidy is Debney’s patron, and the synopsis promises nothing about the art collector’s Lake Como estate or the heist are what they seem.

Jagger’s first starring role was as Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s 1968 film Performance. He scored Kenneth Anger’s film Invocation of My Demon Brother, which featured Charles Manson family member Bobby Beausoleil as Lucifer, in 1969. He played the title role in Ned Kelly in 1970. He also starred as the emperor in the 1983 film Faerie Tale Theatre’s The Nightingale, and was featured in Freejack (1992) and Bent (1997).

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The Rolling Stones almost starred in film version of A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess’ vision of a future England terrorized by teenaged street gangs. Their manager, Andrew Loog discovered the novel in 1964, and thought it would make a perfect antidote to the Beatles‘ A Hard Day’s Night. In fizzled out after 1967, while the band was making Their Satanic Majesties Request, and started collaborating on a film adaptation of A Clockwork Orange with Terry Southern, who introduced Stanley Kubrick to the book during the filming of Dr. Strangelove.

The Burnt Orange Heresy will have its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival on September 7, 2019.

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Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFKRead more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.