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BENJAMIN’S CROSSING: Colin Firth To Headline Novel Adaptation

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Colin Firth To Play Lead In Adaptation of Benjamin’s Crossing

Academy Award-winning The King’s Speech star Colin Firth is set to headline Pat O’Connor’s adaptation of the novel Benjamin’s Crossing.

Over the course of his 30-year career, Firth has emerged as one of the most acclaimed talents of his generation. Described as part of the “Brit Pack” of actors in the 1980’s, he earned his first wave of acclaim for his performance as Mr. Darcy in the 1995 TV miniseries adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Since then, he has starred in such high-profile projects as The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love, A Single Man, and Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Drawing from the book of the same name by Jay Parini, the movie will be a fictionalized account of the pre-war life of Walter Benjamin, an intellectual and culture critic who found himself rushing to leave Paris right before the Nazis invaded France. No release date has been offered for the project at this point.

Per Comingsoon.net, the source of this story:

Parini and Devon Jersild adapted the script from Parini’s novel. According to the site, the film, based on a true story, finds Benjamin fleeing his Paris home when the Nazis invade. “With nowhere else to turn, he meets Lisa Fittko, who is helping refugees escape to Spain through the Pyrenees. Despite his weak physical condition, Lisa reluctantly agrees to bring him along, leading an unlikely group of refugees on a daring adventure that will change their lives forever.”

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