It seems as though we’ve been talking about a biopic of legendary war-photographer and photojournalist Robert Capa forever, but it does look like one is finally going to make it into production. It won’t be the one directed by Michael Mann however, because while he’s still developing his own Capa feature, a rival project now titled “Close Enough” has gained serious traction with the addition of “The Avengers“ actor Tom Hiddleston last week. Although, at the same time it lost the long attached Gemma Arterton, it was assumed that the inclusion of Hiddleston would be enough to get another actor in quickly and that has proven to be the case.
Hayley Atwell – likely best known for playing Peggy Carter in “Captain America: The First Avenger” (although she has done a ton of superb work for British TV) — has now joined the flick alongside Hiddleston and things look pretty rosy for shooting to commence shortly. Set to be directed by Paul Andrew Williams (“London To Brighton,” “Song For Marion“) the film will chronicle the relationship between photographers Gerda Taro and Robert Capa, focusing on their years in Paris in the 1930s (is there anyone of note who wasn’t in Paris in the ’30s?) and culminating with the heartbreaking events during the Spanish Civil War that would drastically alter the course of both their lives. You may want to bring Kleenex.
Great subject matter, great source material and some solid talent coming together for this one, so we’ll be very curious to see how it turns out. Production is expected to begin in June. [Screen Daily]