Normally a movie looks to fill its lead roles first, but with Winter’s Tale, it’s been the supporting parts that have gained the most interest, with Will Smith and Russell Crowe sniffing around smaller roles in the movie. However it may now have found its lead, as Variety reports Colin Farrell is in talks for the movie.
The story is set in both the present day and the late 19th century, and centres on a thief (Farrell) who falls in love with the Irish heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay) he just robbed, right before she dies. He later learns that he possesses the gift of reincarnation, and becomes determined to save her life. Smith was interested in playing a judge, while Russell Crowe was up to portray a mob boss called Pearly Soames, although it’s not clear if either actor is stillinvolved.
Akiva Goldsman is directing Winter’s Tale from his own screenplay, which he adapted from Mark Halprin’s novel. Production will hopefully start in September.