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Hayley Atwell Replaces Gemma Arterton In Robert Capa Biopic 'Close Enough' With Tom Hiddleston

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 22, 2013 3:21 PM
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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]

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  • Sofia | August 3, 2013 9:32 AMReply

    Gemma Arterton was perfect! No one is better than her <3

  • patchthehavoc | April 23, 2013 11:04 AMReply

    Damn, this cast got really awesome really fast.

  • icerose | April 23, 2013 5:16 AMReply

    `I really get a buzz of this news. Hayley Atwell has done some great work on UK tv and on stage and coupled with Hiddleston its a great mix

  • Real | April 22, 2013 7:46 PMReply

    That's good news. She's an infinitely superior actress to Arterton and gorgeous too.

  • Alan B | April 22, 2013 5:01 PMReply

    Wait, what is this "superb work" she has mysteriously done? She has ONLY ever been upstaged by better British actors in those TOTALLY BRILLIANT BRITISH SHOWS THAT YOU HAVEN'T HEARD OF AND ONLY I HAVE SEEN BECAUSE THEY'RE, LIKE, EXCLUSIVE AND STUFF AND I AM MORE DISCERNING IN MY TASTE. She's very beautiful, but bland as a personality, and her technique isn't sufficient enough to allow her to disappear into disparate characters. She seems a perfect substitute for Arterton, who also inspires mysterious rants about her 'talents' by (male) bloggers intent on lecturing readers on her AMAZING performance in films or shows they refuse to cite.

  • patchthehavoc | April 23, 2013 11:04 AM

    I thought Atwell was quite excellent in The Line of Beauty, not to mention The Pillars of the Earth (and to anyone who'd question Arterton, I can only suggest taking a look at her in Tess of the D'Urbervilles) -- and no, I am neither male nor a blogger. If you don't agree with Oliver's assessment of their respective talents, that's your prerogative, but there's absolutely no call for dealing both actresses such a backhanded compliment about their looks as if that is the only thing they have to offer.

  • Alan B | April 22, 2013 5:32 PM

    I haven't seen 'Black Mirror' and she's all-of-OK in 'Any Human Heart' (for once, her blank sexuality is a plus), but 'Mansfield Park' and 'The Line of Beauty'? Really? In the former, she was outshone by Billie Piper (not a great actress, but someone who projects personality onscreen) and she was not required to do a lot in 'The Line of Beauty' other than to smirk and look snide and be sniffy and let the cigarettes do the acting for her.

  • Oliver Lyttelton | April 22, 2013 5:08 PM

    The Line of Beauty, Mansfield Park, Any Human Heart, Black Mirror

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