Pierce Brosnan will be working once again with New Zealand-born filmmaker Martin Campbell, who first directed him two decades ago in GoldenEye. However, instead of portraying a seemingly invulnerable paragon of self-assured sophistication, this time around Brosnan will embody a sad and regretful dying man in an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s 1950 novel, Across The River And Into The Trees.
The film, based on Hemingway’s last full-length work published before his death in 1961 and adapted for the screen by Peter Flannery and Michael Radford, will tell the story of an aging retired Army colonel who, after being diagnosed with a terminal illness, finds his life suddenly revitalized when he meets and falls in love with an 18-year-old Italian countess. So, still themes of hyper-masculinity and intergenerational sex, but with a much more pathetic timbre.
Across The River And Into The Trees, which is scheduled to begin shooting this October in Italy, will mark the actor and director’s third project together. They are currently in London filming The Foreigner, an action thriller starring Jackie Chan, with Brosnan playing a government official and former member of the IRA. Campbell is probably best known for his two films in the Bond canon, 1995’s GoldenEye and 2006’s Casino Royale, with Daniel Craig in the lead role.
[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]