Farrell and Harris are on their Way Back

weirColin Farrell (In Bruges), Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess (21) and Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) are in final negotiations to star The Way Back in director Peter Weir (pictured), his first since 2003’s Master and Commander. I’ve been a fan of Weir’s since he came out with Witness, Mosquito Coast and Dead Poets Society back-to-back in the late ’80s, so it’s very welcome news that he’s getting behind the camera again.

Weir wrote the script for The Way Back based on a memoir by Slavomir Rawicz; the film centers around a band of soldiers who escape a Siberian prison camp in 1942 and try to find their way back home. (Get it? Get it?!) If everything works out, Farrell will play a “tough, tattooed Russian”; Ed Harris will play an American; and Jim Sturgess a young Polish inmate. Soairse Ronan would play a Russian on the run who meets up with them and — I hope to God — is not Farrell’s love interest, because I gotta tell you, The New World was a terrific film, but Farrell kissing a 14-year old Q’Orianka Kilcher was seriously icky.

Seriously, though, at a mere 15, Ronan seems a bit young compared to the rest of the cast, so I’m curious how her character comes up and if the actress might be making the same frustrating mistake a lot of skilled young actresses do of playing characters much too old for them to be suited to (i.e. Scarlett Johannson in half her movies after Ghost World) — but Ronan has already proven herself able to hold her own opposite more established actors like James McAvoy in Atonement and Guy Pearce in Death Defying Acts (which had a blink-and-you-missed-it release last summer), so maybe that’s an empty concern. She’ll next be seen in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones.

The Way Back begins production in March.

Posted on January 9, 2009 at 00:14 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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