Various Actors Test For “A Winter’s Tale”

Akiva Goldsman’s supernatural period thriller “A Winter’s Tale” at Warner Bros. Pictures will begin testing for its lead actors from next week in New York says Heat Vision.

Benjamin Walker (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”) and Tom Hiddleston (“Thor”) are among several actors trying out for the male lead next week. The following week Lily Collins (“Mirror Mirror”), Bella Heathcote (“In Time”) and Jessica Brown Findlay (“Downton Abbey”) are all up for the female part.

The story is described as a sweeping drama about reincarnation set in the early 20th century. The male lead is a fugitive thief who strikes up a relationship with the terminally ill daughter of a man whose house he has broken into. A flying horse and a time-shift also figure into the story.

Russell Crowe is already cast as a ruthless mobster while Will Smith may cameo as a judge. The project marks “A Beautiful Mind” scribe Goldsman’s directorial debut.