I read through most of today's Colin Farrell news with one strand of enthusiasm -- that it will star Colin Farrell -- until I got to the very end of the news, when we saw who he's working with and our enthusiasm squared itself off towards infinity. Colin is going to star in the BBC's upcoming four-part adaptation of the book The North Water by Ian McGuire, which is about a pair of ne'er-do-wells who're escaping their pasts via a whaling expedition in the 1850s when all goes very wrong. Colin will play "Henry Drax, an amoral brutish killer and harpooner," while the other role (a doctor) hasn't been cast yet. Anyway the choice bit taking this from choice to super-choice is the miniseries will be directed by Andrew Haigh, he of Weekend and Looking and Lean on Pete and 45 Years. That is the sweet stuff! Anybody read the book? Who should they cast opposite Colin?
Great book. Patrick Sumner is a Irish military surgeon with a sketchy past regarding his time in India. Someone like Jack Lowden would actually be a good fit but it would be perfect for Michael Fassbender. I mean, Fassbender and Farrell fighting to the death on an ice floe!
Excellent novel. Fassbender would be great in the role. Or Cillian Murphy? Lee Pace if they go with an American actor.
I just read The North Water. Henry Drax is not merely a nihilistic murderer: he rapes and murders young boys. It'll be interesting to see how Colin and the filmmakers handle this without turning it into just another movie about an evil homosexual.
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