A Beautiful Mind was an important film in the career of Akiva Goldsman. While the writer/producer has made a number of big hits throughout his career, the script he wrote for Ron Howard's 2001 drama ended up winning him the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, a monumental achievement for anyone in Hollywood. As Goldsman is now getting set to make his directorial debut with an adaptation of the book Winter's Tale, it's no surprise that he's interested in borrowing pieces from A Beautiful Mind to ensure success. He has already gotten Russell Crowe to sign on the dotted line and now the winner of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her part in the picture is close to putting her signature on a contract as well.
Deadline has learned that Jennifer Connelly is now in talks for a part in Winter's Tale. Based on the novel by Mark Helprin, which goes back and forth between 19th century and present day New York, the fantasy tale tells the story of a young woman named Beverly Penn who falls in love with Peter Lake, an Irish burgler who is trying to rob her house. Colin Farrell has always signed on for the role of Peter while Jessica Brown Findlay, best known for her work as Lady Sybil Branson on the Emmy-winning series Downton Abbey, will be playing Beverly. Should she sign on, Connelly would play the role of Beverly's mother. The rest of the cast includes William Hurt, Will Smith, Matt Bomer, Lucy Griffiths and Eva Marie Saint.
Connelly is currently in production on Darren Aronofsky's Noah, which coincidentally also stars Crowe.
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