The highly anticipated new feature film based on the true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his attempt to win the first Golden Globe round the world yacht race in 1968, has now officially started filming.
Studiocanal, Blueprint Pictures and BBC Films announced the news today in the sunshine of Southern France, Cannes Film Festival.
The untitled film is been directed by Oscar winning film maker James Marsh (The Theory of Everything) with Colin Firth playing the titular character Donald Crowhurst. The Support cast will include Rachel Weisz who will play Donald Crowhurst wife,Ken Stott as Crowhurst’s sponsor Stanley Best, David Thewlis as his press agent Rodney Hallworth, and Jonathan Bailey as rookie reporter Wheeler.
Director James Marsh comments: “Donald Crowhurst ‘s story is an extraordinary and haunting tale of a man going to sea and the family he leaves behind. Scott has written a beautiful script that gets to the heart of the myth of Crowhurst in a sympathetic and humane way. This promises to be quite an adventure for us all.”
No release date has been scheduled yet with Studiocanal releasing the film worldwide including in their territories UK, France, Germany, Australia and NZ. With a Oscar winning director behind the lens and actor leading the cast could we be looking at a future Oscar winning film?