Colin Farrell Up For “Winter’s Tale”

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Image: Colin Farrell may get to go back in time, in all ways.

The Colin Farrell revival tour continues. Variety reports that Farrell has been offered the lead role in “Winter’s Tale,” the adaptation of Mark Helprin’s novel that will mark longtime writer/producer Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut. Jessica Brown Findlay will star, with Russell Crowe and Will Smith in supporting roles.

Here’s what the novel’s all about (I got this from ComingSoon, and don’t know where they got it):

Set in New York at the beginning and the end of the twentieth century, “Winter´s Tale” unfolds with such great narrative force and beauty that a reader can feel that its world is more real than his own. Standing alone on the page before the book begins are the words, I have been to another world, and come back. Listen to me. In that world, both winter and the city of New York (old and new) have the strength and character of protagonists, and the protagonists themselves move as if in a vivid dream. Though immensely complicated, the story is centered upon Peter Lake, a turn-of-the-century Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young heiress whom he encounters in robbing her house, and who eventually will die young and in his arms. His love for her, and a gift of grace, will allow him after the most extraordinary and painful explorations and discoveries to stop time and bring back the dead. To follow him, his predecessors, his inheritors, and his companions is to experience one of the great stories of American literature.

By Colin Farrell revival tour, I mean that he’s someone whose career has dangled on the precipice, and he seems to be pulling himself back up. He burst onto the scene as the latest hottest thing, became a staple of the gossip columns, and was pushed into some huge movies that lost a lot of money. Then he seemed to disappear, but re-emerged a few years ago in smaller, very good films like “In Bruges” that reminded everyone that Farrell actually was worth the onscreen time. This year he’s poised to come back to bigger Hollywood movies with his starring role in “Total Recall” this summer, which has had good early buzz. This role in “Winter’s Tale” seems tailor-made for him. So good for Farrell–maybe he does have a second act in him after all.

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