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‘Youth’ Director on Finding the Perfect Cast

Youth director Paolo Sorrentino chose his actors very carefully when casting his film. The acclaimed movie tells the story of an aging composer (Michael Caine) reflecting on his life with his Hollywood director best friend (Harvey Keitel) and daughter (Rachel Weisz), while a famed actress (Jane Fonda) who comes to disrupt their weekend away.

“With someone like Jane Fonda, I really wanted a true diva, and a true icon in real life,” Sorrentino tells Indiewire. “Throughout the movie, there’s this expectation that she’s coming to the resort, and when she arrived, it had to be consistent and coherent. So the entire cast was really the one I had in mind.”