Australian newcomer Heath Ledger is in advanced talks to star in the upcoming Paramount/Miramax co-production “Four Feathers,” a remake of the famed 1939 Zoltan Korda pic.
Ledger would play the lead role — a British officer who resigns his post just before battle and subsequently receives four white feathers from his friends and fiancee as symbols of what they believe to be his cowardice.
The 21-year-old has just wrapped the Mel Gibson starrer “The Patriot,” upon which Sony is pinning much of its hopes for summer box office. Ledger’s only American film credit prior to that Revolutionary War pic was Buena Vista’s Shakespearean update “10 Things I Hate About You.
But he got raves from Columbia brass for his work in “The Patriot,” and that led to Col’s offer to topline “L.A. Confidential” co-scribe Brian Helgeland’s newest pic, “A Knight’s Tale,” now lensing in Prague.
Helmed by Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth”), “Feathers” was originally to have starred Jude Law, but talks over his salary broke down last month (Daily Variety, March 16). Law ankled the project and soon after began talks with Steven Spielberg to star in “A.I.”
“Feathers” will be shot in Morocco this spring. Stanley Jaffe and Bob Jaffe’s Jaffilms is producing the film. That company’s credits include hit pics “Fatal Attraction” and “The Accused.”
Ledger is repped by CAA.