‘Downton Abbey’ Star Jessica Brown Findlay Lands ‘Winter’s Tale’ Starring Role
It was precisely four weeks ago when some further casting news leaked out on Winter’s Tale, withTom Hiddleston, Lily Collins, Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), and Bella Heathcote (Cogan’s Trade) all said to be up for screen tests with writer-director Akiva Goldsman.
The male portion of this contest is still being determined, but Deadline reports that Findlay has emerged victorious in her gender’s category. With this casting, the British thespian has found herself in the role of a young, dying girl who finds herself enchanted with a thief breaking into her home. The other part up for these young actors is that of the thief, named Peter Lake; Deadline indicates that either Aaron Johnson or Garrett Hedlund will be getting the part, though that just has to wait for confirmation. (Don’t get ahead of yourself, is what I’m saying.)
Thus far, the only other actors working on Winter’s Tale are Russell Crowe and Will Smith — the latter making what’s said to be a cameo — while Noah has a slightly bigger part, playing “Pearly Somes, a gangster boss out to kill Lake.” (Deadline informs us that the character is “half a demon.” Because why not.) So… not a good deal right now — but for a project that found itself floundering for money at the beginning of the year, things are going pretty swimmingly. (source)