I hear the Dunkirk star is attached to star in and produce Tom Harper’s adaptation of Amor Towles’ novel, which tells the story of an man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.
Branagh will play the novel’s protagonist Count Alexander Rostov, starting in Russia’s turbulent early 1920s and spanning 30 years. When the Count is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, he is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Having never worked a day in his life, he must now live in one room as history is being made outside.
Branagh, who has been nominated for five Academy Awards, recently concluded his run on BBC drama Wallander and has directed films including Thor for Marvel and Cinderella for Disney. He recently worked with Gordon, eOne’s President and Chief Content Officer on the Poirot feature and has worked with the Designated Survivor producer on other projects including Warm Springs for HBO and Disney’s Swing Kids.
The My Week with Marilyn star will produce alongside Harper, who is currently in pre-production on the upcoming Amazon feature, The Aeronauts, and Xavier Marchand of Moonriver Content. The studio optioned the book last year from publisher Viking, a division of Penguin Random House in North America. Carolyn Newman and Polly Williams are spearheading the project for eOne, which controls worldwide rights, while I hear Pancho Mansfield, eOne’s President of Scripted Programming has also been heavily involved in the project.
“Ken is a world class talent celebrated for portraying captivating and layered characters, and Tom is a master at crafting gripping and thought-provoking television,” said Gordon. “We are delighted to collaborate with them on A Gentleman in Moscow, which exemplifies the kind of premium content led by acclaimed talent that we are dedicated to creating at eOne.”
“A Gentleman in Moscow is a life-affirming book full of humour and charm that brings together the profound, the political and the personal,” said Harper. “I am thrilled to be working with Ken, whose masterful talent will allow us to bring this extraordinary story to life.”
Branagh is repped by WME, and Berwick & Kovacik, Towles is represented by WME and Tom Harper is represented by UTA and 42.