Benjamin Walker, Tom Hiddleston, Lily Colins, Bella Heathcote, and Jessica Brown Findlay Testing for WINTER’S TALE

     February 28, 2012

winters-tale-benjamin-walker-lily-collins-tom-hiddleston

Akiva Goldsman has spent the last several years developing an adaptation of Mark Helprin‘s novel Winter’s Tale.  He signed a deal this time last year to make Winter’s Tale his directorial debut, but the progress was impeded when the budget for the supernatural period thriller became a concern at Warner Bros.  Goldsman turned to a pair of marketable A-listers he’s worked with for help: Russell Crowe (Goldsman wrote A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man) and Will Smith (I, Robot and I Am Legend) have agreed to appear in the film, so the project is back on track with $20 million subtracted from the projected budget.  Goldsman is now looking to cast the young leads: Heat Vision hears Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Lily Collins (Abduction), Bella Heathcote (In Time), and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downtown Abbey) will undergo testing over the next two weeks.

The early 20th-century tale centers on “a thief on the run who, when breaking into a wealthy man’s home, strikes up a relationship with the man’s terminally ill daughter.”  Hit the jump for the full book synopsis.

winters-tale-book-cover

New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake–orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side.

Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter Lake, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young girl, who is dying.

Peter Lake, a simple, uneducated man, because of a love that, at first he does not fully understand, is driven to stop time and bring back the dead. His great struggle, in a city ever alight with its own energy and beseiged by unprecedented winters, is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature. [Amazon]

Around The Web

Latest News

FANTASTIC FOUR Featurette: Department of Defense Makes Plans for the “Assets”

"From tragedy comes opportunity ..."

GHOSTBUSTERS: Drew Pearce Has Finished the Script for Chris Pratt/Channing Tatum Spinoff

The interconnected 'Ghostbusters' universe may be happening after all.

Watch: Simon Pegg Returns as Drunk Ron Weasley for Harry Potter’s Birthday

Poor Ron.

SPOTLIGHT Trailer: Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams Expose Catholic Church Sex Abuse

The true story drama revolves around the Boston Globe journalists who rocked the world with their investigation.

Vince Vaughn Joins Andrew Garfield in Mel Gibson’s HACKSAW RIDGE

The World War II film marks Gibson's first directorial effort in nearly a decade.

Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult Tackle Sci-Fi Romance in New EQUALS Images

Guy Pearce and Jacki Weaver also star in 'Like Crazy' writer/director Drake Doremus' new film.

EDGE OF TOMORROW 2 Teased by Tom Cruise; Emily Blunt May Return

This is starting to get a bit meta.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 6 Aiming to Shoot Next Summer Says Tom Cruise

Who will get in the director’s chair for Ethan Hunt’s next mission?

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: New Images Released; Zack Snyder Talks SUICIDE SQUAD Connection

The filmmaker also reveals how Superman's arrival throws off Batman's entire philosophy, and discusses the DC Movie Universe.

THE 33 Trailer: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro Chronicle Chilean Miner Saga

The drama chronicles the 69-day rescue attempt for the trapped miners.

Page 1 of 4,06512345...102030...Last »