Michael Fassbender & Colin Firth sign on to unsexy literary drama: great combo?

Ooooh! Here are some newish photos of Michael Fassbender in Austin, Texas last Friday. Fassy is looking at Rooney Mara in these pics – they’re still working on that Terrence Malick project, which by my estimation should probably be coming out in 2016, after being heavily edited to excludes Fassy, Ryan Gosling and Natalie Portman. Just because that’s the way Malick rolls. I think Fassy looks really good here – kind of sleazy and unkempt, which is the way that I like him. There have been lots of stories about Fassy in Texas, and thank you ladies for sending those in and for tweeting me eyewitness accounts and such. I’d be interested in knowing something, Texas Celebitches: has his girlfriend Nicole Beharie been around?

Anyway, I have some good news! Fassy has signed on for yet another film. He’s pretty much working back-to-back these days. This year, he’s already completed Twelve Years a Slave, The Counselor and I think this Malick film will be done soon too. Then Fassy has several projects lined up into next year. And now this! Fassy and Colin Firth, working together at long last. According to Deadline, Sean Penn has pulled out of an adaptation of Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, and now Colin and Fassy are in. Here’s more about the project:

It may seem like there are a ton of new projects hitting this week, and that’s because the American Film Market is getting under way. That’s where indies go to find financing and distribution partnerships, and so it’s one of a couple big marketplace events where producers announce new films. One of the most promising so far is Genius, which has changed up its cast a bit.

Once meant to star Sean Penn, the film will now pair Michael Fassbender and Colin Firth for the first time, in a film about the relationship between author Thomas Wolfe and his long-time editor Max Perkins. In the days where editors often seem more like proofreaders than true literary guiding lights, Maxwell Perkins remains famous for his work with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe, among other writers.

And then expanded, reiterating that John Logan (Gladiator, Noah, Skyfall) is scripting based on the A. Scott Berg-penned biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius. Michael Grandage, who has acted in film and television here and there, but is respected as a theatre director and producer, will direct as his feature film debut.

The trade doesn’t specify who plays whom, but based on appearances alone, Fassbender should be Perkins, and Firth Wolfe. Their working relationship was contentious, as Wolfe was famously voluminous, and Perkins constantly fought him to restrain page counts, and to generally pound Wolfe’s novels (such as Look Homeward, Angel in ’29 and Of Time and the River in ’35) into shape. Their working relationship was formally severed after the publication of Time and the River, but they remained friends, and Perkins became executor of Wolfe’s estate after the author’s death in 1938.

If Fassbender does play Perkins, it will be a nice shift — the intense actor isn’t known, in general, for playing the friendliest of characters. But Perkins was known as much for his courteous, caring nature as his dedication to his craft. Could be a good turn for Fassbender if that’s the way things work out.

[From Slash Film]

Yes, I’m guessing Firth will play Wolfe and Fassy will play Perkins, and although the film sounds slightly boring, I’m guessing that it will end up being much better than it sounds. I mean, it’s Firth and Fassbender! It will be great! Also, minor annoyance: Fassbender can underplay and be a solid, quiet dramatic actor like nobody’s business. People just see an unkempt Irishman and they think he’s a wild man, but he’s more than capable of giving extraordinarily nuanced performances in straight dramas. I don’t get why people would think this role would be some kind “departure” for him, given his acting history.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Nya says:

    That movie sounds incredibly boring. I never knew how many truly terrible movies Colin Firth has been in until I looked up his name on imdb one day. Yikes.

  2. Anguishedcorn says:

    God, that man…. sigh….

  3. Boo says:

    Fassy doesn’t do it for me. In fact, the nickname “Fassy” makes me think of “Gassy” and “Assy,” both of which are unfortunate. Just sayin’.

  4. Madpoe says:

    I bet his beard would tickle ;)

  5. French says:

    the very classy Firth and the “bad boy” Fassbender, why not …
    Fassbender seems to enjoy himself in Austin (For you kaiser Fassbender sings : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=K0_RJuWg2uM)..
    I want to know where is Nicole Beharie I like her, the only news about her that I read is about a new movie with Olivia Wilde…

  6. Elceibeno08 says:

    I love his red beard. What sexy stare.

  7. Dorothy#1 says:

    I love Colin Firth and a good costume drama so I am in!! Also I watched Tinker Tailor Solider Spy yesterday and Colin Firth was great in it. Although his part was too small.

  8. marie says:

    I love Colin Firth, such a great actor.

  9. ladybert62 says:

    Mr. Fassbender – please go visit your next door neighbor’s picture – your beard looks awful when compared to his.

    Please shave yours.

    I like Colin Firth!

  10. Aiobhan says:

    Why can’t he be staring at me instead of monotone Mara? Ughh! I have missed seeing photos of Fassy. This has just made my day.

  11. Isadora says:

    The movie sounds amazing!

    Screw Fassy. Wolfe was interesting.

  12. Stacie says:

    Nice I love that Fassy loves to do back to back movies . I can’t wait, two men I love the most in the world in the same movie . Colin and Michael – I can now die a Happy girl . Have ya’ll seen the Youtube video of Michael singing karaoke , it is to good . Love him :D

  13. gloaming says:

    I’m sure he’ll go to the F1 Grand Prix on the 18th.

    Formula 1, Michael Fassbender Colin Firth, that’s a nice Sunday viewing experience.

  14. j.eyre says:

    Colin Firth – the only reason I will have anything to do with Jane Austen. Colin could get me to do just about anything. Oh, who am I kidding, I would bark like a dog if he asked me to.

    ps – no offense to Austen lovers. She is a very talented writer. My tastes just lie a little more to the Bronte…

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Me too, j. eyre. Did you see the Wuthering Heights version recently with Tom Hardy as Heathcliff? I thought he was the best Heathcliff I’ve ever seen.

      • j.eyre says:

        Oh no – I had no idea. What *perfect* casting – I shall rent at once.

        You always have my best interest at heart, my favorite Convent Escapee.

        (make no mistake, I practically have the Fassbender Jane Eyre memorized. Not sure why that Alice in Wonderland tramp is walking in my shoes, though.)

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to hear what you think of Tom Hardy’s Heathcliff! You might just flip your wig. When you think of all the actors who have played that character—it’s pretty impressive that Tom Hardy has made Heathcliff his own. I just could not get over how right he was for it.

      I so hope you enjoy it. Yes, I don’t know how Alice in Wonderland got Mr. Rochester’s attention either—when you are so obviously j.eyre! :-)

  15. EscapedConvent says:

    GASP! A movie about Max Perkins & Thomas Wolfe with these two dudes? I am already in line. I’m dead serious.

    It would be a shame to leave Fitzgerald & (I say grudgingly) Hemingway out of this story, & there is already someone perfect to play Fitzgerald. Midnight in Paris! Hiddles!!!

    • j.eyre says:

      Thank you. You know we were all thinking it but you were brave enough to say it.

      Do you read the Zelda/Scott love letters and hear he-who-can’t-be-named-without-serious-repercussions’ voice now?

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Every time I see Hiddlywinks I think of how much he looks like Scott Fitzgerald, & when I see a pic of Scott, I marvel at the resemblance to Hiddles. When I first saw Hiddles onscreen in Midnight in Paris, I gasped & clutched my pearls at the resemblance. It is so striking. It would be great to see him play Scott again, wouldn’t it?

        And about those Scott/Zelda love letters—sigh….there is a film waiting to be made right there. You-know-who must play Scott, & the only person I can think of for Zelda would be Carey Mulligan, as I cannot think of anyone else who would be believable & not just decoration.

        In any case, those letters are some of the most heart-wrenching things I’ve ever read. So beautiful & sad. I would *love* to hear Hiddles’ soft silk voice read those letters!

  16. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    Awesome! Can never have too much Fassy :)

  17. Dani says:

    Are Fassy And Nicole even still dating? They have not been seen together since Venice and that was months ago!

  18. GoodCapon says:

    Colin’s aging really gracefully!!!

    Fassbender doesn’t look bad at all.

  19. Tânia Maria says:

    I love both actors!! The movie will be awesome with these guys…
    But I have to say: the video where Michael is singing fully drunk left me sad.

  20. Anna says:

    I read Colin Firth and thought of Farrell the entire time and none of it made any sense.