Gore Verbinski’s Good Luck, Have Fun, Don’t Die Kicks Off Filming in Cape Town in the Spring

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Gore Verbinski’s upcoming film, ‘Good Luck, Have Fun, Don’t Die,’ will begin filming in Cape Town, South Africa, this spring. Sam Rockwell, Haley Lu Richardson, Michael Peña, Zazie Beetz, and Juno Temple star in the film, along with Kristen Wiig. Matthew Robinson wrote the screenplay.

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Verbinski is returning to the director’s chair with the movie after over seven years. The filmmaker’s previous feature, the psychological horror film ‘A Cure for Wellness,’ was released in February 2017. In recent years, some of his projects have faced issues with production. In 2018, he was set to direct ‘Gambit,’ a film based on the eponymous ‘X-Men’ character. However, he opted out of the project citing disagreements over the script and scheduling issues.

Verbinski helmed an animated feature titled ‘Cattywumpus’ for Netflix, but the film was dropped by the streaming platform in September 2022, and the director was given the option to shop around the project to other studios. Verbinski is known for directing the first three installments in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise: ‘ The Curse of the Black Pearl,’ ‘Dead Man’s Chest,’ and ‘At World’s End.’ He also helmed the 2011 animated Western comedy ‘Rango,’ which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The rest of his film credits include ‘The Lone Ranger,’ ‘The Weather Man,’ ‘The Ring,’ ‘The Mexican,’ ‘Mouse Hunt,’ and ‘The Ritual.’

Rockwell is an Academy Award-winning actor known for his roles as Officer Jason Dixon in ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,’ George W. Bush in ‘Vice,’ C. P. Ellis in ‘The Best of Enemies,’ Billy Bickle in ‘Seven Psychopaths,’ and Captain Klenzendorf in ‘Jojo Rabbit.’ Richardson starred as Hadley Sullivan in ‘Love at First Sight’ and Portia in ‘The White Lotus.’ Peña’s recent credits include José in ‘A Million Miles Away’ and Domingo Chavez in ‘Jack Ryan.’ Beetz lent her voice to Amber in ‘Invincible’ and Danni in ‘Big Mouth.’ Temple was a part of the cast of ‘Fargo’ as Dorothy “Dot” Lyon and ‘Ted Lasso’ as Keeley Jones.

Cape Town remains a significant shooting location for famed productions such as Netflix’s ‘One Piece’ and Prime Video’s ‘The Wheel of Time.’

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