Matt Bomer & Lucy Griffiths Join the Cast of Goldsman's 'Winter's Tale'
If you're a fan of blockbuster movies, you're likely familiar with the name Akiva Goldsman. He's produced films like I Am Legend and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but most people probably, unfortunately, know him as the writer of Batman & Robin, the terrible Joel Schumacher film widely considered one of the worst comic book movie adaptations ever. But soon, perhaps Goldsman will be better known as the director of Winter's Tale, an adaptation of Mark Helprin's fantasy novel that already has Will Smith and Russell Crowe set to appear in smaller roles. Deadline reports Matt Bomer and Lucy Griffiths have been cast in major roles.
Colin Farrell is set to play the lead role, a thief who breaks into a Manhattan apartment and falls in love with a dying girl who lives there, who will be played by Jessica Brown Findlay. Bomer, who starred in Magic Mike and on the USA series "White Collar," is playing Farrell's father, while Griffiths, best known from "True Blood," will play his mother. How, you ask? Because the story takes place in modern day but also mysteriously spans back into the 19th century. Since Farrell is older than both of them, we're guessing flashbacks are the only way to pull this one off if they want to avoid cheesy makeup effects.
I know I'm likely going to get burned for this, but I can't help but get excited about such a cool concept (the thief can stop time, and there's also a flying horse involved). Eva Marie Saint, who most recently played Martha Kent in the opening of Superman Returns, also has a role here, but her part is being kept secret because it involves a key plot point. William Hurt has joined the cast, too, so you'll understand why I'm pumped about this even when Goldsman is an unproven director. With an ambitious story to tell, a score by Hans Zimmer, and cinematography by Caleb Deschanel, Winter's Tale is sure to be one of the most interesting movies of 2013, even if it turns out to be a failure.