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.