Willem Dafoe Cast in Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project,’ the Writer/Director’s Follow-Up to ‘Tangerine’
Art and Experience: Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” has found its lead in Willem Dafoe, who stands as the most high-profile actor the “Tangerine” director has worked with to date. Baker has won well-deserved critical acclaim for his body of work, and the success of last year’s “Tangerine” — which premiered at Sundance and was nominated for several Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards — appears to have brought him to wider attention within the industry.
The film is described as being about “a precocious six-year-old and her ragtag group of close friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility, and a sense of adventure, while their parents and the adults around them struggle with hard times.” While “Tangerine” was noted for being shot on three iPhones, Baker is returning to the world of 35mm for “The Florida Project.”
Prior to “Tangerine,” Baker was best known for directing “Starlet” and “Prince of Broadway” in addition to co-creating “Greg the Bunny.” “The Florida Project” is currently filming in Orlando.