The film is set to shoot in August, and will be promoted to buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin next month.
Inspired by true events, it details the story of a brilliant but inexperienced engineer Washington Roebling who is left to oversee the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when his father passes away. Besieged by calamity, danger and doubt, his obsession to get the job done threatens his health and his family until he discovers an improbable ally in his charming and shrewd wife.
McGrath (Emma, I Don’t Know How She Does It) wrote the screenplay from which he’ll direct, with London- and New York-based Goldcrest Films financing, distributing, and selling international rights for the movie.
Christine Vachon (Boys Don’t Cry, Kill Your Darlings) produces for Killer Films with Rose Ganguzza (Margin Call, The Words), and Goldcrest’s Nick Quested (Restrepo, Dark Horse) and Pascal Degove will executive produce with Jill Samuels.
Subsequent casting announcements are thought to be in the works, including that of the female lead, Radcliffe’s on-screen wife. In reality, Emily Warren Roebling was American-born, and it will be interesting to see if the actress chosen to play her will be American, or if she’ll be British playing American, like (presumably, unless they’ve employed a little dramatic licence with history) Radcliffe.
Coming off the back of a leading role in John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings, Radcliffe will soon be seen in The F Word in the spring and Horns later this year, most recently working on Paul McGuigan’s Max Landis-penned Frankenstein, expected in 2015.
With dramatic/crime-thriller Tokyo Vice also set to hit cinemas in 2015, Radcliffe is clearly keeping his upcoming credits as diverse as they’ve been since day one, launching his post-Harry Potter career with the incredibly successful horror film, The Woman in Black.
With production expected to begin in August on Brooklyn Bridge, here’s to hoping that it will be ready for theatrical release early in 2015, soon after Frankenstein.