George Clooney is finally going to take to the water on his long-gestating adaptation of New York Times bestseller The Boys in the Boat, and he has enlisted Joel Edgerton to pick up an oar and row alongside a stacked cast that includes Jack Mulhern (Mare of Eastown), Sam Strike (Sandman), Luke Slattery (The Post), Thomas Elms (The Order), Tom Varey (The Village), Bruce Herbelin-Earle (Free Rein), Wil Coban (Zack Snyder’s Justice League), Callum Turner (Fantastic Beasts) and Hadley Robinson (Moxie).
Deadline exclusively revealed the line-up for the The Boys in the Boat, which was originally meant to shoot before Clooney opted to film The Tender Bar (read our review ★ ★ here), and will now begin production next month.
Based on James Brown’s 2013 novel The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the adaptation will tell the against-the-odds underdog story of the University of Washington men’s rowing team, who stunned the world by winning the gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Clooney is yet to deliver on the promise of his early one-two of 2002’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and 2005’s Good Night, and Good Luck, but do you think this could be the film to get him to the top of the podium? Let us know what you think of the premise by heading to our social channels @FlickeringMyth….