As we patiently wait to see Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe in Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah early next year, the actor is already lining up his next role. According to Deadline, Crowe will be headlining Fathers and Daughters, a new drama from director Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds). In addition, Amanda Seyfried (Les Misérables and Lovelace) will play Crowe’s daughter in the film.
The film follows a father and daughter who live in Manhattan 25 years apart, jumping back and forth from the 1980s to the present as we follow each of their lives and how the past has affected them. The story follows a widower (Crowe) who suffers from a mental illness, which hinders his relationship with his young daughter. The storyline set in the present follows the daughter (Seyfried) as a 30-year-old woman who still suffers from her experiences living with her father.
The film is currently being shopped around the American Film Market, which doesn’t guarantee that this film will be picked up. Regardless, director Gabriele Muccino is still very excited for this project.
“This is a performance-driven movie, and therefore I couldn’t ask for a better actor than Russell to deliver this intensely emotional drama,” Muccino said in a recent statement. “It’s edgy, heart-wrenching, and uplifting at the same time. To me, it feels like a classic American movie that recalls the great character dramas of the 70s like Kramer Vs. Kramer and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.”
Hopefully this project will get off the ground because this seems to be very promising. Muccino is a talented filmmaker, as he proved with the wee-bit sentimental but nonetheless powerful drama The Pursuit of Happyness and the understated Seven Pounds. The only thing that can hinder this project being picked up is the fact that Muccino recently directed the critical and financial bomb Playing For Keeps starring Gerard Butler. That might make some people turn their heard away.
Make sure to check back for more updates on Fathers and Daughters as they come our way.