Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Review: ‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’ Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner & More Review: ‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’ Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner & More Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Union Rep Says Safety Was A Concern On 'The Revenant' Shoot Union Rep Says Safety Was A Concern On 'The Revenant' Shoot All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie

Rising Actor Riz Ahmed Joins Michael Winterbottom's 'Trishna'

The Playlist By Simon Dang | The Playlist February 4, 2011 at 2:40AM

Update: Thanks to some astute reader tips, we've learned that the project is "Trishna," a modern day re-telling of "Tess of the d'Urbervilles." The setting of the film has been relocated to India and will follow the tragic relationship between Jay and Trishna, the former the son of a property developer, the latter the daughter of an auto rickshaw owner. You can read the full synopsis here but we warn you, it's very spoiler heavy. No word yet on when it will go in front of cameras but according to production designer David Bryan, it will shoot in Jaipur, India.
4


Update: Thanks to some astute reader tips, we've learned that the project is "Trishna," a modern day re-telling of "Tess of the d'Urbervilles." The setting of the film has been relocated to India and will follow the tragic relationship between Jay and Trishna, the former the son of a property developer, the latter the daughter of an auto rickshaw owner. You can read the full synopsis here but we warn you, it's very spoiler heavy. No word yet on when it will go in front of cameras but according to production designer David Bryan, it will shoot in Jaipur, India.

As a subnote to our Most Anticipated feature earlier this year, we pondered about what happened to versatile director Michael Winterbottom's planned Palestine-set political thriller centering on terrorism in British-ruled Palestine during the 1930's. Finally we may have an update.

Up and coming British actor Riz Ahmed, who ironically starred in Chris Morris' terrorism black comedy "Four Lions," has now reportedly joined what is only being described as "Winterbottom’s next film" but considering the fact "The Promised Land" only has Colin Firth, Jim Sturgess and Matthew MacFaydden involved at the moment without an actor in the role of their chief antagonist -- the charismatic poet and successful academic turned leader of a Zionist organization responsible for numerous terrorist activities, Avraham Stern -- it does seem very plausible Ahmed could filling that role.

Ahmed was actually given his big break by Winterbottom on the helmer's 2006 docudrama "The Road To Guantanamo" which saw him play Shafiq Rasul, a real life British detainee at the camp. If anything, it shows two are certainly not adverse to controversy (is Winterbottom ever?) but with Ahmed now having gained valuable acting experience recently featuring in the likes of "Four Lions," "Centurion" and the upcoming Arab tale of oil riches "Black Gold" -- starring along side Mark Strong, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto and Tahar Rahim no less -- perhaps he's ready for the challenge of a major and sure-to-be talked about role of Stern.

Whether or not the film is actually progressing though remains the bigger question. Originally set to shoot last fall on location, there had been no official word about what happened but a profile on co-star Sturgess does note that the project "hit funding problems." Another reason that seemingly argues that the project is still alive and kicking (and that this next project is in fact 'Promised Land') is its live status on the website of Fortissimo Films with an updated synopsis even having been unveiled.

THE PROMISED LAND tells the gripping true story of two British police officers THOMAS WILKIN, played by Jim Sturgess, and GEOFFREY MORTON, played by Matthew Macfadyen and their battle to bring to an end the campaign of bombings and assassinations by the extreme right-wing Jewish underground led by the charismatic poet, AVRAHAM STERN. The story is told through the eyes of the British Assistant District Commissioner ROBERT CHAMBERS played by Colin Firth. The film culminates when the two policemen track Stern down to his hide out in an apartment block in Tel Aviv in 1942.

Doesn't sound too controversial? The motivations behind Stern's actions were allegedly to evict British authorities from Palestine and allow the unrestricted immigration of Jews and the formation of a Jewish state. The helmer had discussed the project in greater, very spoiler-filled detail but surely there's good reason why Sturgess was "hugely advised to not go down that road."

Someone help Winterbottom out, please. This is one project we'd particularly hate to see fall by the wayside even if the talented director does have other stuff in the works: he and Colin Firth are reportedly planning a project on the Amanda Knox tale while Gemma Arterton also let out that she was set to join a Winterbottom adaptation of Martin Amis' novel "London Fields," though that may still be a fair way off.

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Michael Winterbottom, Trishna, Jim Sturgess, Riz Ahmed


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates