Will Smith and Russell Crowe join Akiva Goldsman's Winter's Tale

Will Smith and Russell Crowe

I was about to make a comment like “two Hollywood heavyweights join forces” or something like that and then I had to pause and ask “is Russell Crowe still a Hollywood heavyweight”?  And I’m referring to his A-list status, not his girth, so don’t be mean.  I’ll let you debate that on your own.  Today, Will Smith and Russell Crowe joined first time director Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of the novel WINTER’S TALE.  The film is based off the book by Mark Helprin and is a high concept science fiction story that takes place between present day and 19th Century NYC and follows an Irish thief and his love for a dying woman.  Before you get your hopes up regarding Smith and Crowe’s involvement, know that both of them are only taking small roles with Smith playing a judge and Crowe playing a gangster.

Vulture added a snarky comment that Goldsman “called in every favor he had” and was able to get Smith and Crowe on board.  That makes sense because Goldsma wrote most of Ron Howard’s screenplays, but has been struggling getting his directorial debut up and running.  Assuming nothing else bottoms out, the film should start shooting this Fall.

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

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