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Akiva Goldsman’s ‘A Winter’s Tale’ Pursuing Tom Hiddleston, Lily Collins, and Benjamin Walker

Written by on February 29, 2012 

Movement on Akiva Goldsman‘s long-developing Winter’s Tale got a good kick in the behind when, exactly four weeks ago, the helmer cut his budget, extended his grasp, then pulled in Will Smith and Russell Crowe to star. With things finally on the right track and Warner Bros. no longer wringing their hands in financial concern over flying horses (more on that in a second), the rest of the cast can now be scoped out.

As THR claims, Goldsman will begin screen testing a few talented up-and-comers during this next week — Tom Hiddleston, Lily Collins, Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), and Bella Heathcote (Cogan’s Trade) being the primary contenders. The outlet doesn’t have any proper news on who might play who, thus making now a perfect time to tell you that Winter’s Tale is a “sweeping drama about reincarnation” centering on “Peter Lake, a middle-aged Irish burglar who breaks into a fortress-like mansion only to find a dying young girl inside.” That requires one actor and one actress, both of whom could very well be between their late teens and mid-20s. There you go.

All is in spite of the fact that, with the news that Crowe would be playing Pearly Somes, a gangster boss out to kill Lake, my mind jumped to the conclusion that Smith would be playing the thief; not the case, as THR guesses that he “may cameo as a judge.” (Also: A quick cameo can reignite a studio’s interest?) This doesn’t mean Hiddleston and Walker won’t be able to accommodate themselves well in such a role, nor do I have much doubt in the strength of these respective female casting choices. Maybe I just can’t ever get a solid idea of how Hollywood works.

(Oh, sorry, but I still don’t really know how the flying horse — or some kind of 100-year jump into the future — factors in.)

Would any of these actors get you in a seat for Winter’s Tale?

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