Robert Pattinson is Now an Unbound Captive

Hugh Jackman - Rachel Weisz - Robert Pattinson

The Sexiest Man Alive, one of the most talented actresses working today and a Twilight heartthrob are being brought together for a period-drama. Hugh JackmanRachel Weisz and Robert Pattinson (Twilighters go crazy… now!) will star in the 19th century set film Unbound Captives, which is the directorial debut of actress Madeleine Stowe.

 

The script was co-written by Stowe along with husband Brian Benben back in the early ’90s, but the film never got made after Stowe declined a $5 million deal because she wanted to star in the lead female role herself. Fast forward 15 years, after realizing she would never be able to star in the role, she cast Weisz in the role she originally wanted, and decided to go ahead and direct the film herself.

 

Weisz will play a woman whose husband is killed and her two children kidnapped by a Comanche war party in 1859. She is rescued by a frontiersman, to be played by Jackman. Pattinson will play [one of] the son[s].

 

The reason Stowe originally turned down the $5 million (one of the highest amounts offered to a first time screenwriter at the time) was because she didn’t want to be “just the screenwriter.” The project was originally planned to be directed by Ridley Scott and starRussell Crowe in the role Jackman will now play.

 

Were you crazy, Madeleine?!

 

In speaking out about her refusing the money (the first time she has done so), Stowe said:

“There was never a moment’s hesitation on my part, but it felt unreal, and I can remember my husband putting a finger across his neck to signal not to take the offer… There are moments in life where you need to follow your heart. The script remained my singular focus, but directing it myself wasn’t something I ever dreamed of.”

“Gil [Netter - producer] made me realize it when he said there isn’t anyone who’s going to make the movie you want to make… I saw three actresses, and knew after meeting with Rachel that she was the person I wanted to hand this role to,” she said. “Robert said yes last fall, before everything broke with ‘Twilight.’ Hugh said yes a couple of weeks ago.”

To help Stowe with her first time directing a feature film, cinematographer John Toll will be photographing the film. He was responsible for how films like BraveheartThe Thin Red LineThe Last Samurai and the recent Tropic Thunder looked. Captives is sure to follow the gorgeously shot nature of those movies.

 

The film has a great cast, an interesting story that has potential to be very compelling, a great cinematographer has been brought on-board and it’s written by a genuinely talented actress (that doesn’t mean she’ll be a good director, but it’s at least encouraging) – I don’t see any reason not to look forward to this one.

 

Do you like the sound of Unbound Captives? What do you make of that wicked trio that’s been assembled?

 

Unbound Captives will be put into production by Hyde Park Entertainment at the end of the year.

 

Sources: FirstShowing and Variety

 

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Comment by Stini on August 13, 2011 at 8:00pm
i will see the movie
Comment by Gabrielle on August 13, 2011 at 8:23pm
If It looks good or bad, I will still see it. But Rob is a good enough actor to pull it off. I know he is. I mean look at Jackson! He pulled off when Jasper was in the Calvary VERY well. I'm happy he is getting into more movies. He'll be known more for good acting than our sexy Eddie :D
Comment by seekingbecca on August 13, 2011 at 9:55pm
can't wait for anything Rpatz!
Comment by Vivi217 on August 14, 2011 at 12:21am
I have been wanting for this film to have the green light since f****** forever!! Love Rob,adore Hugh n like Weiz!! I can't wait to see this film in the big screen!!! :D
Comment by Nene Pattinson on August 14, 2011 at 1:04am

It's about time! 

Comment by Robertfanxxxx on August 14, 2011 at 6:02am
Of course i will see this Film, it has beautiful Robert in it. I wish Robert Pattinson a long, healthy and happy life and  successful career. Love you Robert Pattinson forever and always!! xxxxxxxxxxxx <3 <3 <3
Comment by BB Cullen on August 14, 2011 at 6:13am
I can't wait for it!! Finally it's under way!!
Comment by Carmen Rohde on August 14, 2011 at 6:30am
I thought that they were supposed to film this last summer.  I wonder what the delays actually were.
Comment by Carmen Rohde on August 14, 2011 at 6:32am
I know that there are delays in the article but there's always more to the story.  I would have loved to see Russel Crowe in the the role.
Comment by Megan L. Reese on August 14, 2011 at 12:50pm
Yes, the announcement isn't new, but it's news to alot of of us. According to the producer, Rob is still attached to the project and they're securing financing. Thanks for reading!

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