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Looking to follow his award-winning Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything, James Marsh is once more opening up the world of real-life events for a biopic of adventurous but seemingly doomed sailor Donald Crowhurst. With Colin Firth already aboard in the lead for the as-yet-untitled project, Marsh is now looking to add Rachel Weisz.

Crowhurst entered the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968 in the hopes of picking up a cash prize that would help save his faltering radio beacon business. He built a trimaran boat called the Teignmouth Electron in a hurry, but had to leave several safety features uncompleted before setting sail. He encountered problems almost immediately and began to steer erratically, eventually succumbing to conflicted psychological issues and irrationality. Although he kept filing positions claiming he was circumnavigating the globe, his boat – spoiler alert – was found adrift and abandoned on 10 July 1969. Marsh is looking to start the cameras rolling in the next couple of months.

Deadline’s story doesn’t specify which role Weisz is eyeing, but a safe bet would be that of Crowhurst’s wife, Clare, which Kate Winslet was considering at an earlier stage of the film’s development. She’s worked on several films recently, including The Early Years, The Lobster and Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans opposite Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander.

source: Empire Online

Kathy Bates and Danny Glover are joining Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon in director Joshua Marston’s first English-language feature, Variety has learned exclusively.

The untitled project from the “Maria Full of Grace” director was unveiled in November at the American Film Market with Protagonist handling international sales.

New York-based Parts & Labor (“Love Is Strange”) is the production company. Producers are Jay Van Hoy, Lucas Joaquin and Lars Knudsen.

Weisz will portray a guest introduced at a dinner party hosted by Shannon’s character — who increasingly believes he knows the guest by a different name and different biography.

Marston’s “Maria Full of Grace” won the Alfred Bauer Award at Berlin, and his “The Forgiveness of Blood” won the Silver Berlin Bear for best screenplay. He has also directed TV episodes of “The Newsroom,” “The Good Wife” and “In Treatment.”

Bates won an Emmy last year for “American Horror Show: Coven.” Glover will be seen in Paramount’s “Monster Trucks.”


A feature on Rachel Weisz in last week’s New York Magazine contained a short mention of the Academy Award-winning actress ”putting a film together based on Jennifer Gilmore’s novel The Mothers.” The Mothers, praised by the New York Times as “spirited and admirably frank,” is an intensely personal book for Gilmore, drawing from her own experiences and struggles with adopting a child. Gilmore told Terry Gross on the Fresh Air program:

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EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures is getting the wheels moving on a fifth installment of The Bourne Identity franchise. I’ve heard that studio has hired Anthony Peckham to script a film that is designed to continue the storyline of Aaron Cross, the character that Jeremy Renner played in the 2012 Tony Gilroy-directed Bourne Legacy. Cross was among a group of agents who took part in Operation Outcome. Medically enhanced to be smarter and physically superior, the agents were targeted for termination. Renner starred with Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton. Frank Marshall and Captivate Entertainment’s Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner are producing the new one.

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Rachel Weisz, her husband Daniel Craig and fellow actor Rafe Spall formed a theatrical ménage a trois when they spent three weeks studying every word, comma, full stop — and pause — in the text of Betrayal, Harold Pinter’s classic play about adultery.

The trio of thespians were at a workshop, under the tutelage of stage and screen director Mike Nichols, who will begin full rehearsals of Betrayal in August.

As this column first told you, the play, produced by Scott Rudin, will start previews at the Barrymore Theatre in New York on October 1 for a 14-week run.

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