‘Avengers Assemble’ and ‘War Horse’ star Tom Hiddleston has revealed that he is set to portray famed combat photographer and photojournalist Robert Capa in the Paul Andrew Williams-directed biopic ‘Close Enough.’
With a script by Menno Meyjes (‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,’ ‘Empire of the Sun,’ ‘The Colour Purple’), the film will follow the Jewish-Hungarian photographer and his relationship with fellow photographer Gerda Taro during the Spanish Civil War.
“I look at [Capa’s] life and see it in heroic terms,” Hiddleston told Shortlist. “A Hungarian kicked out of Hungary for writing against Fascism, he moved to Germany where he was kicked out for being Jewish, then he moved to France and from there began a life-long commitment to make a stand against forces of fascism. As a man he was fantastically charismatic, dynamic, vigorous, exciting and energetic, too. I plan to go to the places he lived, those places he visited, read books about him, study his photographs and, crucially, learn how he took them.”
English actress Gemma Arterton (‘Byzantium,’ ‘Song for Marion’), who was set to portray Taro, is no longer involved.
The film is not to be confused with Michael Mann’s ‘Waiting for Robert Capa,’ a similar project based on the novel of the same name by Susana Fortes.