Jim Sturgess will star in Michael Winterbottom's Promised Land

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

Director Michael Winterbottom is returning to the Middle East for the subject of his next film PROMISED LAND.  Winterbottom, who previously directed the intense A MIGHTY HEART, will tackle some of the events leading up to the 1948 establishment of Israel.  Jim Sturgess will star as a British soldier tracking down Jewish militants. I loved Jim Sturgess in ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and even 21, but I’m not sure I buy him as a tough guy, hunting down militants.

This has controversy written all over it.  In a film like this, there is almost definitely going to be a “good” side and a “bad” side.  Since it’s directed by a Brit and the main star is a Brit, I’m guessing the Jewish community is going to get upset at some point.  It’ll be a great movie to watch because the conflict in the Middle East is fascinating, but it’s a hard one to put on film because there are so many sides to the story.

Jim Sturgess

Source: Variety

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