Despite there being thousands of people constantly digging for casting news, every now and again, word breaks on a huge project that some actor or actress mentions in an off-hand fashion. In today's installment of "I"m sorry, what was that you said?" we present Gemma Arterton.
"The Disappearance of Alice Creed" Trailer Appears
OK, it's been kicking around, but now it's back -- Gemma Arterton ("Clash of the Titans," "Prince of Persia") is kidnapped and held for ransom in this thriller from writer-director J Blakeson. After her initial terror subsides, she forges an alliance with one of her captors and things get hairy. Showing at Tribeca. (Published Thursday, July 12, 2012)
"I’m aiming for even more diversity. Capa [a biopic about the combat photographer Robert Capa] is confirmed, so I should be working with your hottest actor, Andy Garfield!" gushed Arterton.
We loved Arterton in the under-seen "The Disappearance of Alice Creed," and we've had our eye on Garfield since his supporting role last year in "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus," so Mann's already got our attention.
Jez Butterworth ("Fair Game") is adapting the script from Susana Fortes' biography, "Waiting for Capa," which was inspired by the discovery in 2008 of a trove of the couple's lost photos that were discovered in Mexico. Here's the synopsis from Fortes' rep's website:
Waiting for Robert Capa is based in the love story and professional relationship between a young German woman called Gerta Pohorylle and a young Hungarian man called Endre Friedmann since they met in Paris in 1935 until she died in the Spanish Civil war in 1937. Both communists, Jewish, exiled and photographers, they decided to change their names in order to sell better their works and so became Gerda Taro (as an hommage to the Japanese Taro Okamoto) and Robert Capa (a mix of Robert Taylor and Frank Capra, so he could seem an American photographer). With these new identities, they arrived to Spain to inform about the Civil War.
With Mann directing, and Arterton and Garfield starring, it'd be hard to mess this one up. Of course folks said similar things about "Public Enemies," so...