If I had to name a couple current actors that deserve to be huge stars but haven’t quite gotten to that level, Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong would both be up at the top of that list. They both have been getting a lot of jobs lately, and both of them always do strong work in every job they take, but they’re not quite there when it comes to star power. Farmiga has had high profile roles in movies like The Departed, Up in the Air, and Source Code, and Strong has impressed in big movies like Sherlock Holmes and Green Lantern while simultaneously appearing in quirkier films like Sunshine and Kick-Ass. They both have familiar faces and a lot of momentum behind their careers; but if you mention their names to random people on the street, generally they wouldn’t know who you’re talking about. Despite that, either one just needs one perfect role to break through and become a big name in the business. And that’s good news for the upcoming drama Closer to the Moon, because it just cast them in lead roles.
Closer to the Moon is an upcoming drama from Romanian director Nae Caranfil set during Romania’s period of communist rule. Strong will play a police officer named Max Rosenthal who is implicated in a bank robbery and sentenced to death due to his Jewish heritage. Before he is to be killed, however, the government forces him to participate in a propaganda film where he and his cohorts reenact their alleged crime. Farmiga will be playing Rosenthal’s ex-lover and current baby-mama who comes back to Bucharest from studying in Moscow because of all the drama. I haven’t seen any of Caranfil’s other work, but if he’s as good at the other aspects of filmmaking as he is in casting his leads, then this could be one to keep your eye on. And, who knows, if it ends up being great and getting some awards attention it just might be the movie that finally breaks Farmiga and Strong as household names. That would be nice. I can think of more than a couple current, high profile actors that could stand to be replaced. Sorry Ashton Kutcher and Jessica Alba, that’s just how I feel. [Deadline Popesti-Leordeni]