Interesting reports in the British press have claimed that James Bond star Daniel Craig, who recently finished a 14-week run in the smash-hit Broadway stage production of Betrayal, has been in negotiations to star as a lawyer in a new movie.
According to the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper (January 17), Craig has been in negotiations to possibly star as a lawyer in the courtroom drama The Whole Truth, which will be filmed in Boston in the USA, and will be directed by Courtney Hunt and produced by Richard Suckle.
Hunt received an Oscar nomination for the original screenplay she wrote for the gritty crime movie The Frozen River (2008), starring Melissa Leo (who was also nominated for an Oscar for her role in the same film).
The realistic and powerful film, which was about two women who engaged in dangerous smuggling across the frozen St. Lawrence River (crossing at a little-known point on the border between New York State and Quebec), debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, and hugely impressed the critics. It was then taken up and distributed more widely by Sony. Ever since The Frozen River was released five years ago there has been close interest in Courtney Hunt’s career and movie plans. She is arguably the kind of innovative director Daniel Craig would naturally be drawn to.
Meanwhile, reports have emerged that Craig’s recent stage play Betrayal, in which he starred alongside his wife Rachel Weisz and the actor Rafe Spall, took an astonishing $17.5m (£10.7m) in its 14-week run.
The stage drama, based on the famous play about adultery by the late Harold Pinter, opened to the American public on October 1, 2013, and recently finished its highly successful run on Sunday, January 5. It proved to be the second most successful Broadway production of 2013, with Lucky Guy, starring Tom Hanks, coming first.
As the UK’s Guardian newspaper recently noted (January 7), in many ways 007 actor Craig has become one of the most bankable stars on Broadway. His last New York stage outing, A Steady Rain, in which he appeared alongside Hugh Jackman, drew in over $15m in only 13 weeks.