You've never seen Sean Penn, 52, like this before. Sure, he's been on death row in Dead Man Walking, he transformed into politician and activist Harvey Milk in the eponymous Milk, and he played a single father with a developmental disability in I Am Sam, but now the two-time Oscar-winning actor is channeling a kind of aging Marilyn Manson-type in the new comedy-drama, This Must Be the Place, helmed by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino and also starring Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch and Harry Dean Stanton.

The Weinstein Company

Penn will play Cheyenne, a former rock star who still channels his old goth stage image and lives off his royalties in Doublin until the death of his estranged father sends him on an unexpected journey that takes him back to a humiliation his father suffered back in World War II.

This Must Be the Place will hit U.S. theaters in limited release on November 2, 2012, before expanding to more locations one week later.

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