Akiva Goldsman has been beavering away on Winter’s Tale for a projected October release date and now he’s got a male lead in mind to star opposite Jessica Brown Findlay – Colin Farrell.
Variety reports that Goldsman has his sights firmly on Farrell and Warner Bros. are more than happy to have him back on board. They already tried to snag him for Arthur and Lancelot but that came to nothing.
Winter’s Tale has nothing to do with Shakespeare, so don’t let the title put you off. Instead it’s an adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel set in both modern-day and 19th century New York. It follows the story of Peter Lake, a thief who breaks into an uptown West Side mansion only to meet and fall in love with the young woman who live there.
The Wikipedia entry on it isn’t actually that helpful but there’s a whole host of supernatural elements to deal with including miracles, guardian angels and a flying white horse.
If Farrell passes on the lead, the Goldsman can always turn to his back up list which contains the likes of Garrett Hedlund, Aaron Johnson and Liam Hemsworth – interesting choice considering the age differences between them all.
Meanwhile Farrell’s got the reboot of Total Recall coming out on August 22 and is currently shooting Dead Man Down with Noomi Rapace and Dominic Cooper.