Liev Schreiber has signed on to lead the cast of the upcoming adaptation of Across the River and Into the Trees, the novel by Ernest Hemingway. Also starring are Italian actress Matilda De Angelis (The Prize), Laura Morante (Cherry On The Cake), Javier Camara (Truman), and Oscar-nominated Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini (Seven Beauties).
Here’s the synopsis:
Schreiber will play Colonel Richard Cantwell, Hemingway’s semi-autobiographical lead character who is an American officer serving in Italy right after World War II, facing up to the news of his terminal illness with stoic disregard. Determined to spend his weekend in quiet solitude, he commandeers a military driver to facilitate a simple duck hunting trip and a visit to his old haunts in Venice. As his plans begin to unravel, a chance encounter with a young countess begins to kindle in him the hope of renewal.
The story is based on real people in Hemingway’s life, his “friend Colonel Buck Lanham, a decorated soldier whose heroics the writer saw first-hand when he was a correspondent, and the woman was an aristocrat’s daughter with whom he became infatuated.”
The film is set to start production next month in Venice, with Spanish filmmaker Paula Ortiz (The Bride) on board to direct. Does this sound like an intriguing story?