Various media outlets report that 2018 Oscar-nominee Willem Dafoe has signed on to the Walt Disney Studios project Togo.
On Thursday, June 12, Variety’s Dave McNary wrote:
Nome, Alaska became famous in 1925 as the destination of the serum run, also known as the Great Race of Mercy, in which dog sleds played a major role in transporting diphtheria serum through harsh conditions over nearly 700 miles to save the city from an epidemic. Gunnar Kaasen and his lead sled dog Balto became known for running the final leg of the run while the 12-year-old lead dog Togo and [Leonhard] Seppala ran the penultimate and longest leg in temperatures that were 30 degrees below zero in gale force winds.
That’s where Dafoe comes in. The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit, who broke the story, reported:
Willem Dafoe, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work in last year’s The Florida Project, has signed on to star in Togo, a Disney movie about a famous and dangerous sled-dog relay.
Ericson Core, who directed the Mark Wahlberg drama Invincible as well as the recent remake of Point Break, is helming the movie, which is being developed for the Disney streaming service… Disney’s streaming service will launch in late 2019. The studio aims to have a mix of original and exclusive movies and TV series along with its vast library.
So interesting to know that very soon we’ll be wondering where projects will debut: the cinema or online?