Scottish director Kevin Macdonald first made waves in 2000, when he won an Oscar for his terrorism-centered doc One Day in September. Then in 2006, he drew notice for his harrowing Idi Amin biopic The Last King of Scotland, which launched James McAvoy onto the world's stage. And now, while casting his next effort, a war-drama titled How I Live Now, the daring director has revealed to Screen Daily details on an in-development thriller he's working on with Dennis Kelly, writer of Matilda The Musical, which is based on the peculiar children's book by Roald Dahl.
Macdonald describes the film, presently titled Black Seas, as, "The Treasure of The Sierra Madre in a submarine." Despite his co-writer's reputation for whimsy, Macdonald wants Black Sea to be something gritty and fierce, saying:
“Hopefully, it will be one of those hard, intelligent B-movies they used to make - dark, little vicious B-movies."
There's no word as to when Black Sea could set sail, but it seems Macdonald's immediate schedule is pretty packed. He's not only researching a yet-to-be titled TV drama series set in post-Tito Yugoslavia that centers on jewel thieves, but also is on the hunt for a young male lead to star opposite Saoirse Ronan in How I Live Now. Based on the Meg Rosoff novel, Ronan is slated to play Daisy, a young Manhattanite who is visiting family in England when war breaks out and chases her into the woods, where she must learn to survive on her own.
After Hanna, it's easy to see why the impeccable young actress was chosen, but finding a fitting match to play Daisy's love interest Edmond has proved trying, as Macdonald admits:
“We are having a lot of difficulty finding a boy. It was predicated on being a cast of unknowns but Saoirse came and read and was so fantastic…we cast her, which means we have someone who is a name and who is great.”
So now that Ronan's involvement has upped the ante on How I Live Now, what noteworthy young actor could possibly match her incredible screen presence and talent? Personally, I'd like to see Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, Phineas and Ferb) get some more eye-catching roles, but perhaps Macdonald might pluck another boy from British TV as he did with McAvoy for The Last King of Scotland. If so, who should it be? Sound off in comments.