Michael Fassbender is currently doing scads of press for the fast-approaching X-Men: Days of Future Past, but that hasn't kept him from looking toward the future with a promising new project.
THR reports Michael Fassbender has entered into negotiations with DreamWorks to front The Light Between Oceans, a drama to be helmed by Derek Cianfrance. Based on the novel of the same name by M.L. Stedman, the film will be set shortly after World War I on an island off the Western Coast of Australia.
The official plot synopsis of the novel The Light Between Oceans is as follows:
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Clearly, Michael Fassbender is being eyed for the role of lighthouse keeper, Tom Sherbourne. This might be considered a bit surprising as Derek Cianfrance has cast Ryan Gosling to lead his last two features, the dark romance Blue Valentine and the crime drama The Place Beyond The Pines. But if you're going to move on to a new leading man, it's hard to do better than Fassbender, a performer who is as fearless as he is charismatic.
The Light Between Oceans is looking to lens in Australia, but a production start has not been announced. This might mean that DreamWorks is willing to work around Fassbender's schedule, which includes attachments to Assassin's Creed, Prometheus 2 and X-Men: Apocalypse. No mention is made of what actress is being eyed for the role of Isabel Sherbourne.
We first got word on The Light Between Oceans back in the fall of 2013, when the adaptation was formally announced as Derek Cianfrance's narrative follow-up to the critically heralded The Place Beyond The Pines. But while we wait for The Light Between Oceans to surface, Cianfrance fans will have a double dose of documentaries to look forward to from the director, the wrapped Cagefighter and the in-production Metalhead.