MONTREAL – Jonathan Demme‘s pet project Young Lenny – a portrait of Canadian happy clapper and merry pop picker Leonard Cohen – has finally ‘found its man’ in Zombieland and The Social Network star, Jesse Eisenberg.
“He’s perfect,” said Demme, director of such hits as Stop Making Sense and Silence of the Lambs. “He has that melancholy and the face, and, boy, you should hear him sing!”.
For his part, Eisenberg seemed stoked when he spoke exclusively to the Studio Exec:
I’ve loved Leonard’s work since I heard ‘When I Need You’. What a beautiful song. [Begins to sing] When I need you, I reach out my hand…
But that isn’t Leonard Cohen.
That’s Leo Sayer.
Yeah. Right Leo Sayer. Whatever. But what I mean is the thing I love about Leonard is that he can be balladic and touching, or upbeat and happy.
Sure. [Starts singing again] You make me feel like dancing, I wanna dance the night away, you make me feel like…
That’s Leo Sayer again.
It is? Jesus Christ. Really? Okay what about ‘More Than I Can Say’?
Well, what did Leonard god-damned Cohen do?
‘Hallelujah’, ‘Suzanne’, ‘Bird on a Wire’, ‘Chelsea Hotel’…
Yak! Those are all miserable songs. Urgh. Oh no. No, no, no, no, no. I can’t… I mean…
But you signed on to do a film and you didn’t know who the singer was?
Let’s not jump to conclusions here. I’m going to call Jonathan and see if we can’t iron this out.
Young Leo will start filming this Summer.