Richard Gere's long career has seen him play gigolos, farmers, lawyers, cops and hobos. But he's at his best when his character is trying to con someone, or at least get them to believe a lie. He seems to be playing to his strengths in Norman, which bears the cumbersome subtitle The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.
Gere plays the titular character, an aging New York broker who doesn't so much manage money as rack up favors from the wealthy and powerful. His latest scheme involves reluctant local investors (including Legion's Dan Stevens), a rabbi in a tight spot (Steve Buscemi) and the new prime minister of Israel (Lior Ashkenazi). The stellar supporting cast includes Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Hank Azaria (The Simpsons), Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
The film was written and directed by Joseph Cedar, whose Footnote was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar a few years ago. The film hits limited release on April 14.