Tom Hiddleston Joins Gemma Arterton in 'Capa' Photographer Biopic
A few years ago, we learned about a biopic called Capa from director Michael Mann about renowned war photographer Robert Capa, focusing on his two year romance with fellow photographer Gerda Taro during the Spanish Civil War. Gemma Arterton and Andrew Garfield were attached to the project, but now it seems there's been some confusion. Mann is developing a project about Capa, but his film is called Waiting for Robert Capa, while the version that Arterton is starring has the initial title we heard. And now the film has a leading man as Tom Hiddleston told ShortList (via The Playlist) that he was starring. More below!
Last word from Arterton at the Marrakech International Film Festival said that Song for Marion (now known as An Unfinished Song) director Paul Andrew Williams was at the helm of the film with a script from Menno Meyjes (The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), so we'll assume that's still the case. It certainly sounds like a more low key drama as Arterton previously said she was hoping to beat Mann to the punch since they had a smaller budget to work with. Hiddleston is a nice grab for this film, and his rising star status after The Avengers should get some more eyes on the project.
The story begins in Paris in 1935 where Capa, a refugee from Hungary, met Taro, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany. Since Mann's films sounds like it's based on the Susana Fortes novel Waiting for Robert Capa, we think the romance between the two might not be the entire focal point. Hiddelston talks about Capa himself:
"I look at [Capa’s] life and see it in heroic terms. A Hungarian kicked out of Hungary for writing against Fascism, he moved to Germany where he was kicked out for being Jewish, then he moved to France and from there began a life-long commitment to make a stand against forces of fascism. As a man he was fantastically charismatic, dynamic, vigorous, exciting and energetic, too. I plan to go to the places he lived, those places he visited, read books about him, study his photographs and, crucially, learn how he took them.”
Capa and Taro begin their relationship as exiled Jewish Communists Gerta Phorylle and Endre Friedmann, eventually changing their names to Gerda Taro and Robert Capa in order to sell their photographic work more easily. And since Hiddleston talks about some of that time in Capa's life, maybe his relationship with Taro is just one of the subplots, rather than being the focus for the entire film. Either way, it's a harrowing tale that spans history, and we'll see just what parts of Capa's life get covered in this adaptation, and whether or not Mann even gets his version off the ground.