Hugo Cabret rounds out cast

“I want you to picture yourself sitting in the darkness, like the beginning of a movie. … You will eventually spot a boy amid the crowd, and he will start to move through the train station. Follow him, because this is Hugo Cabret. His head is full of secrets, and he’s waiting for his story to begin.”

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

From THR – Talk about a book destined to become a movie! Filming is already underway on the 3-D movie adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the New York Times Bestselling children’s book. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film stars Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz and Helen McCrory. Just added to the cast were Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Frances de la Tour and Richard Griffiths. GK Films is producing, along with Scorsese, Tim Headington and Johnny Depp.  John Logan (“The Aviator”) wrote the screenplay.

Book Jacket:

ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message all come together…in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

You can watch the opening sequence of drawings here.

Critics say:

The story is full of twists and surprises, and it is especially touching for being based in part on the real-life troubles of Georges Méliès, who went from being a magician to a visionary filmmaker, then suffered reversals that left him working at a toy booth in a railway station …Hugo Cabret sits at the nexus of magic and storytelling and film, and that Brian Selznick — who, perhaps not so coincidentally, has the Hollywood legend David O. Selznick in his family tree — shows us a little magic of his own.

The New York Times review