Can this really be true? Will the Mr. Darcy be playing literary giant Maxwell Perkins? It is! And if that isn't enough, Michael Fassbender will be playing the role of Thomas Wolfe, one of the authors Perkins discovered and mentored. The two had a creatively fruitful yet strained relationship, which we expect to be the focus of the film.
You heard it right. Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender.
There is some serious excitement around the project. The official synopsis: "Finding fame and critical success at a young age, Wolfe is a blazing talent with a larger-than-life personality to match. Perkins is one of the most respected and well-known literary editors of all time, discovering such iconic novelists as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Wolfe and Perkins develop a tender, complex friendship. Transformative and irrepressible, this friendship will change the lives of these brilliant, but very different men forever." Read in full here.
The script will be adapted by John Logan from the National Bestseller, "Max Perkins, Editor of Genius" by Scott A. Berg. Logan will add this project to a long list of screenplays, including Gladiator, Aviator, Hugo, and the new James Bond film, Skyfall. London stage director, Michael Grandage, is the director behind the project.
We would love to be of any assistance during the research or filming process. Perhaps Colin needs a place to stay while he walks in Perkins' beloved Paradise Park and gets all zen with the history of this wonderful place. We'd be more than happy to assist--the inn is very private and quiet and he can sit in the Maxwell Perkins library and meditate. ;) Give us a shout Colin!
Shooting is meant to begin in early 2014.
In case you want to read more about the buzz:
Filming in Asheville