EXCLUSIVE: First Details on Benicio del Toro's Role in Sofia Coppola's Somewhere
When the pop band Rooney recently blogged that some of its members would be appearing in Somewhere, the next film directed by Sofia Coppola (the lead singer, Robert Schwartzman, is Coppola's cousin), an intriguing bit of potential scoop was let out of the bag. Focus Features has already announced the film's eclectic cast -- Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, and Jackass stuntman Chris Pontius are its topliners -- but the blog post seemed to reveal that Somewhere also starred Benicio del Toro. Movieline can now confirm that del Toro is indeed in the film, as well as shed light on his role.
Somewhere stars Dorff as a bad-boy actor holed up in the Chateau Marmont who gets a reality check when he's unexpectedly visited by his daughter (played by Fanning). We already noted that del Toro's own bad-boy lore includes a certain pit stop at the Chateau, and it looks like he'll be putting in a return appearance: his Somewhere role involves a brief run-in with Dorff's actor at the historic hotel.
Still, the Oscar winner's A-list star wattage won't throw the film's unlikely casting out of whack, as we hear his part is a mere cameo.
Somewhere is Coppola's first film since 2006's Marie Antoinette, while del Toro is awaiting the release of his delayed passion project The Wolf Man later this year.