Ian McKellen considering Never Was
Ian McKellen, Aaron Eckhart, Brittany Murphy, and Nick Nolte are in negotiations for the indie drama Never Was. Eckhart plays a Yale graduate who gets a job at the mental institution where his novelist father (Nolte) spent the last years of his life. Once there, he meets a schizophrenic man (McKellen) who proves a mysterious link to his father's material. Murphy plays a reporter. The project marks the directorial debut of writer Joshua Michael Stern and is headed for a September shoot in Vancouver, Canada. McKellen was most recently in theaters with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Eckhart starred in Paycheck, Murphy in Uptown Girls, and Nolte in The Hulk.