Here's what we know so far about the biography: It'll be called Bourdain: The Oral Biography and it'll be edited by Anthony's former assistant and collaborator, Laurie Woolever. At the time of the biography's announcement, Woolever said:
After working with and collaborating with Tony since 2004, I’m honored to now be working with his estate, and talking to the people who knew him best, in order to share the story of a life that influenced so many people, in so many ways, all across the globe.
With news of the biography publish date, Delish's Slack channel couldn't help but wonder when the movie about his incredible life will happen. And so we came up with a list of the very few people worthy of playing the iconic chef, as well as the directors we'd like to see helm the project.
Top picks for playing Anthony Bourdain:
- Bradley Cooper: rugged, can be aged up or down, has already played a fictionalized version of the chef (about one-and-a-half time).
- Ryan Gosling: always vying for an Oscar, loves a complicated backstory.
- Michael Shannon: Weird, but we feel like Tony would approve. Also, see Gosling.
- David Tennant: The accent would be a struggle, but his vast portfolio would make things interesting.
- Jon Hamm: a dark horse pick, for sure, but has the correct face shape and tenor for the role. Plus, we want to see some salt and pepper on him.
- Brad Pitt: another dark horse pick, but would relish a back-to-the-limelight role like this one. Also, lanky, can go dark.
- Michael Fassbender: If he could do Steve Jobs, he could do Bourdain.
- Bobby Canavale: a delight and compelling presence in a way other actors are not, which is, undoubtedly, something everyone thought of the chef.
- Eric Bana: see Tennant.
- Justin Theroux: fantastic in just about anything he does. Feels like a fun challenge he'd be pumped for.
Top picks for directing the project, in no particular order:
- David Fincher: He tackled Zuck in The Social Network, we want to see him tackle Bourdain.
- Danny Boyle: He did the aforementioned Steve Jobs biopic and did it with incredible flair, plus his kinetic direction Trainspotting and of the market scenes in the otherwise bad movie, The Beach, screams Tony taking down street food.
- Doug Lyman: He established the new Bond in the original Bourne movie, plus made the best Tom Cruise movie of the decade with Edge of Tomorrow.
- Spike Lee: Possibly a crazy choice, but you can bet we'd be first in line to watch.
- Kathryn Bigelow: We'd love to see a woman's take on Tony, especially one who can bring the intensity of The Hurt Locker and the fun of Point Break.
- Ava DuVernay: Another woman who knows her way around a biopic.
- Steve McQueen: His latest, Widows is a super fun ride, and pair that with his experience with addiction from Shame and the intensity from 12 Years Of Slave would make an amazing movie.
- Bradley Cooper: IJust...give the man what he wants ... an Oscar.
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