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Gemma Arterton says she and Andrew Garfield will be starring in Michael Mann's Robert Capa biopic

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Just when it seemed that Michael Mann might be moving forward first with his gangster saga BIG TUNA, now the word is that there's already been casting for the smallest of his in-development projects - CAPA.

That word comes from the delectable Gemma Arterton (WRATH OF THE TITANS, TAMARA DREWE), who spoke to Total Film after the magazine chose her as the "Hottest Actress" of 2010 and had the following to say:

"This yearís been intense, but next yearís going to be... intenser! [Laughs] Iím attached to about nine projects but Iím not sure which oneís Iím allowed to talk about."

"But Iím aiming for even more diversity. Capa [biopic about the combat photographer Robert Capa] is confirmed, so I should be working with your hottest actor, Andy Garfield! [Garfield is lined up to play Capa, Arterton plays his partner, Gerda Taro, the first female photojournalist to cover the front lines of a war] and of course thereís Clash 2..."


Here's Mann talking about the Robert Capa biopic in an interview for the Financial Times back in October:

"It's about a tumultuous love affair Capa has with Gerda Taro," Mann explains. Born Endre Friedmann, Capa was a Hungarian who came to Paris. "He and Gerda invented a different persona, that he was a romantic American photojournalist. They meet in Paris as refugees Ė despised and alone in a period of European history which is a cascade of conflicts."

The film, scripted by British playwright Jez Butterworth, will be based on the Susana Fortes novel Waiting For Robert Capa, which follows the two-year romance that began in Paris, 1935 and ended at the Battle of Brunnete. As mentioned above, the project will be relatively small, with Mann reportedly approaching it as a "gritty, low-budget" film. A smart (and logical) move considering the financial failures of both PUBLIC ENEMIES and MIAMI VICE.

Extra Tidbit: I'm really rooting for this film to happen. Mann's already done gangsters, and I'd love to see him tackle a smaller, more intimate project. Going with Garfield is a great first step.

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1:38PM on 12/28/2010
yes please to Gemma in everything
yes please to Gemma in everything
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1:21PM on 12/28/2010
I'm down for Mann to do this, but I hope "gritty and low budget" doesn't translate to shitty video quality. Mann's style has suffered since he got the HD boner, not to mention, he's kinda gone off the deep end. Read about the making of Miami Vice.
I'm down for Mann to do this, but I hope "gritty and low budget" doesn't translate to shitty video quality. Mann's style has suffered since he got the HD boner, not to mention, he's kinda gone off the deep end. Read about the making of Miami Vice.
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10:03AM on 12/28/2010
I try to make it a habbit to watch anything with Gemma in it!
I try to make it a habbit to watch anything with Gemma in it!
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9:46AM on 12/28/2010
Going with both of these actors are a positive.
Going with both of these actors are a positive.
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8:19AM on 12/28/2010
I agree with the tidbit. He's done gangsters of some sort now in both Collateral and Public Enemies. THis project sounds interesting and really want that Agincourt project to take off. But hey, if he likes gangsters who am I to complain. His movies are always top notch.
I agree with the tidbit. He's done gangsters of some sort now in both Collateral and Public Enemies. THis project sounds interesting and really want that Agincourt project to take off. But hey, if he likes gangsters who am I to complain. His movies are always top notch.
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