Saturday, 27 September 2014

Ben Kingsley and Brie Larson join Brooklyn Bridge

Though it originally aimed to kick off filming last month, Brooklyn Bridge, a new drama about the man who oversaw the building of the famous New York structure, has been moved back to next spring. Yet there is good news on the casting front, with Ben Kingsley (Hugo) and Brie Larson (The Spectacular Now) climbing the struts to join the ensemble.

Daniel Radcliffe (Kill Your Darlings) will star as the brilliant but inexperienced engineer Washington Roebling, who inherits the mammoth project when his father (Kingsley) dies from tetanus. Initially overwhelmed by the task and driven by an obsession that threatens his family, Roebling overcomes his demons with the help of his equally talented wife Emily (Larson).

The resulting bridge took 14 years and cost $15m and 20 lives to build. It's a chapter in American history that should offer plenty of dramatic grist for writer/director Douglas McGrath's (Emma) screenplay to explore.

Kingsley, or at least his voice, is currently back on our screens in The Boxtrolls. He'll next be seen in Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, which is out on 19 December. Larson, meanwhile, is in The Gambler alongside Mark Wahlberg (Lone Survivor) and is part of the cast for Judd Apatow's (This Is 40) latest, Trainwreck, which will arrive on 28 August next year.

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