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Jon Favreau returning to indie roots for Chef

Jon Favreau

Story by Jack Foley

IRON Man luminary Jon Favreau is returning to his indie roots for new film Chef.

The film is described as a character study that he wrote and intends to direct and star in.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story is “a slice-of-life tale” focusing on a chef and the people who flit in and out of his life.

Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara is in talks to play his his ex-wife, while Bobby Cannavale – most recently seen in Boardwalk Empire and Nurse Jackie – would play a sous-chef.

John Leguizamo is also reportedly in contention for a role.

Chef would mark a return to the sort of lower budget film idea that helped Favreau first make a name for himself with Swingers (pictured).

He then made his directing debut with the indie crime drama Made in 2001 and spent the 2000s moving up the Hollywood ladder, culminating with his Iron Man gig that propelled both him and leading man Robert Downey Jr onto the Hollywood A-list.

He has since directed another blockbuster, Cowboys & Aliens and is currently reprising his role of Tony Stark’s bodyguard – complete with an obsession for Downton Abbey – in Iron Man 3.

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