StudioCanal, Blueprint Pictures and BBC Films team for Untitled Donald Crowhurst Project
STUDIOCANAL, BLUEPRINT PICTURES and BBC FILMS announce UNTITLED DONALD CROWHURST PROJECT, 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.
Award-winning director JAMES MARSH (The Theory of Everything, Man on Wire) helms the film, with Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner COLIN FIRTH (Kingsman: The Secret Service, The King’s Speech, A Single Man) starring as Donald Crowhurst.
The stellar support cast includes Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winner RACHEL WEISZ (The Constant Gardener, The Bourne Legacy, The Deep Blue Sea) as his wife Clare Crowhurst. DAVID THEWLIS (Harry Potter, The Theory of Everything) as his press agent Rodney Hallworth, KEN STOTT (The Hobbit) as Crowhurst’s sponsor Stanley Best and JONATHAN BAILEY (Testament of Youth, Broadchurch) as rookie reporter Wheeler.
Produced by Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent through Blueprint Pictures and Scott Z. Burns, alongside Nicolas Mauvernay and Jacques Perrin of Galatee, the project has been developed with Christine Langan from BBC Films and STUDIOCANAL.
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."
Shooting commenced in the UK this week with STUDIOCANAL selling the film worldwide. The studio will release UNTITLED DONALD CROWHURST PROJECT in their territories UK, France, Germany, Australia and NZ.