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Michael Keaton Goes Behind the Camera for ‘Buttercup’

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Renee Zellweger isn’t the only one with directing news today — Michael Keaton has just signed on to make his directorial debut with the indie dramedy ‘Buttercup.’ If we say ‘Buttercup’ three times, does it magically appear? 

Variety reports that veteran actor Michael Keaton — best known for his roles in Tim Burton‘s ‘Batman’ and ‘Beetlejuice’ — will make his directorial debut with ‘Buttercup,’ based on a script by Alice O’Neil. The project previously had Niki Caro and Sarah Polley attached to direct at various points, making the shift to Michael Keaton a particularly interesting one.

The film follows a woman whose elderly father is arrested for drunk driving several times; following his most recent arrest, she’s forced to assume responsibility for the old man and begin to accept him, flaws and all. As their relationship grows, the woman learns to open up and trust the other men in her life as well. ‘Buttercup’ refers to the nickname the father gives his daughter.

Jennifer Aniston and Alan Arkin were previously attached to star, but casting is underway to replace the pair.

Michael Keaton has been making something of a comeback in recent years with roles in the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg action comedy ‘The Other Guys’ and lending his voice for Barbie’s lover, Ken in ‘Toy Story 3.’ He also recently replaced Hugh Laurie as the villain in the upcoming ‘RoboCop‘ remake.

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