Bradford's Hollywood: December 8 2012

by Trisha Hound / 29 November, 2012
Hugh Laurie; Colin Farrell; and Eva Green.
Hugh Laurie

After a halt in filming because of Hurricane Sandy, Colin Farrell is back in the saddle shooting Winter’s Tale in New York. Based on Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel, it is a fantasy set in a mythic Big Apple about the turn of the 20th century. It focuses on orphaned mechanic and burglar Peter Lake (Farrell) who is rescued and protected by a mysterious white horse. One night in winter, he goes to rob an Upper West Side mansion but discovers the beautiful occupant of the house is home because she is dying of consumption. That role is played by Jessica Brown-Findlay, whose Lady Sybil recently died on Downton Abbey. Winter’s Tale is written and directed by Akiva Goldsman, who won a best screenplay Oscar for A Beautiful Mind. He has recruited the stars of that film – Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly – for Tale, along with Will Smith, William Hurt, Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) and
Eva Marie Saint, whose most recent movie was in 2006.

  • House and Mister Pip star Hugh Laurie is considering a return to television. NBC is in talks with Laurie to take the lead in a new action adventure series called Crossbones from the Wellington-based creator of Luther, Neil Cross. In a return to his earlier career and with shades of Blackadder, Laurie would use his native British accent and play the notorious pirate Blackbeard. The 10-episode series is set in 1715 on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas, where Blackbeard, whose real name was Edward Teach, reigned over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and pirates.

  • The makers of the rebooted Spider-Man are on the hunt for a new Harry Osborn, the character played by James Franco in the original Sam Raimi trilogy. Four actors, three of them English, are being considered – Sam Claflin (Finnick in the new Hunger Games movie), Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn), American Boyd Holbrook (The Big C) and Douglas Booth (Pillars of the Earth). The Amazing Spider-Man sequel reunites director Marc Webb with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and will add Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) as Mary Jane. Rising star Woodley will also appear in the new film from writer-director Gregg Araki. Called White Bird in a Blizzard, it’s about a young woman whose life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears. It is based on a novel by Laura Kasischke, and the diverse cast will include Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU), Eva Green (Casino Royale), Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious).

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