According to Pajiba’s inside sources (who only hit Twitter now it seems), the young Colin Ford (perhaps best known as the Young Sam Winchester in “Supernatural“) has been cast in Cameron’s Crowe‘s upcoming “We Bought A Zoo” with Matt Damon and Thomas Haden Church.
The film, which is based on the book by Benjamin Mee, is slowly gearing up for an early 2011 production start, and was originally penned by “The Devil Wears Prada” scribe Aline Brosh McKenna, but reports a few months ago said Crowe was rewriting to fit his style. Mee’s story follows the English author (Damon) as he uproots his family into the countryside on a property complete with a dwindling zoo, home to over 200 exotic animals. Once there, the family is struck with the tragic cancer battle of the wife and mother, whose unfortunate passing goes on to inspire the family to rebuild the zoo. Their relationship to the animals grows, ultimately healing the family’s wounds and allowing them to move forward. The Amazon description of the novel says that the zoo contains “an eclectic staff” and new hires have to be made, so presumably this is where Church’s role fits in.
Amy Adams has been sought for the role of the wife, but nothing is firmly in place. And even though she recently signed on for Jason Segel‘s Muppet movie, that film is shooting in November, and with ‘Zoo’ not lensing until next year, she could presumably still be in the running.
The film is already set for a December 23rd, 2011 release date which fits with its sentimental, but hopefully not mawkish-sounding tone that’s ideally made for all families, yet won’t pander too hard. It’s been five years since Crowe’s unfortunate “Elizabethtown,” so we’re hoping the film marks a comeback for the director.