Richard E. Grant And Brian Cox To Star In Animated Short Film WITTGENSTEIN’S POKER From Filmmaker Christian De Vita | The Fan Carpet Ltd • The Fan Carpet: The RED Carpet for FANS • The Fan Carpet: Fansites Network • The Fan Carpet: Slate • The Fan Carpet: Theatre Spotlight • The Fan Carpet: Arena • The Fan Carpet: International

Richard E. Grant And Brian Cox To Star In Animated Short Film WITTGENSTEIN’S POKER From Filmmaker Christian De Vita

01 May 2024

A legendary clash of intellects is set to be brought to life for the first time on screen in a captivating animated short film, WITTGENSTEIN’S POKER. This short animation film tells the extraordinary tale of a real-life encounter between two of the 20th century's greatest philosophers: Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper. Their notorious dispute, known as the Cambridge Poker Incident, culminated in one of them allegedly threatening the other with a red-hot fire poker.

Starring in this animated gem, Richard E. Grant (WITHNAIL AND I) will take on the role of Ludwig Wittgenstein, while Karl Markovics (THE COUNTERFEITERS) will portray Karl Popper. Brian Cox (SUCCESSION) has been cast as Bertrand Russell, who was also present during the infamous confrontation in 1946. This remarkable ensemble will breathe life into this unique historic moment.

The film will be directed by Christian De Vita, known for his previous work as the lead storyboard artist on Wes Anderson's FANTASTIC MR. FOX, Tim Burton’s FRANKENWEENIE and for his role as Series Director on Disney Junior’s hit TV show PJ MASKS. The musical score will be composed by Oscar winning British composer Stephen Warbeck (BILLY ELLIOT) and the screenplay has been penned by Casey Cohen, who also serves as the film's producer.



WITTGENSTEIN’S POKER will be produced as a traditional 2D hand-drawn animation film, embracing a watercolour style that promises to transport audiences into the intellectual battleground of these great philosophers, visualising emotion through the main characters’ journey to that fateful meeting.

Director Christian De Vita said "Using a traditional 2D animation style, we aim to capture the intensity and brilliance of these iconic philosophers, creating a visually captivating narrative that will immortalise this historic moment on screen." De Vita's dedication to the project is evident and his passion is set to shine through in every frame of this short film.

This project is adapted from the internationally acclaimed book of the same name, written by two BBC journalists, David Edmonds and John Eidinow. The book has achieved best-seller status and boasts translations in 18 languages, with over half a million copies sold.



The team behind WITTGENSTEIN’S POKER have launched a Kickstarter campaign today, May 1st. Backers can anticipate exclusive rewards, such as signed script copies by all three cast members, a Wittgenstein drawing by Richard E. Grant, a storyboarding masterclass with the director Christian De Vita, a first edition copy of Wittgenstein's 'Tractatus' from 1922, and a guided tour of the room at Cambridge University where this infamous confrontation took place.

The Kickstarter project has been selected by Kickstarter and MIFA, who have jointly launched a call for creators as part of the Annecy International Animation Festival in June. WITTGENSTEIN’S POKER was selected as one of eight short films featured as part of this prestigious initiative.

About 'Wittgenstein's Poker'
'Wittgenstein's Poker' is a captivating animated short film that brings to life the infamous Cambridge Poker Incident, a ten-minute argument between two great philosophers, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper. The film is adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by David Edmonds and John Eidinow and will feature the voices of Richard E. Grant, Karl Markovics and Brian Cox.

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