It’s nearly a year since the first word broke about strange true-crime tale True Story, which has already scored Jonah Hill and James Franco for the lead roles. Though things have been quiet with the movie since then, it has been looking for other talent, and Felicity Jones is now aboard.
Adapted by Dave Kajganich from Michael Finkel’s memoir, the plot finds Hill playing Finkel, a New York Times writer who, in 2002, was fired by the paper after his bosses announced he had falsified part of an investigative report. With his girlfriend (Jones) upset and no work prospects, Finkel suddenly discovered a possible path to redemption.
But this is no ordinary tale of someone working their way back into everyone’s good graces: it turns out that FBI murder suspect Christian Longo (Franco) had taken the journalist’s name and, after he was captured, refused to speak to anyone else but Finkel. As he dug into the mystery, Finkel realised he could save his career by talking to Longo.
Rupert Goold is on to direct the film, and is set to start shooting this summer. Jones, who was last seen in Hysteria, is about to start working on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which has just kicked off shooting) and has shot on Charles Dickens film The Invisible Woman. She’s also in line for Warren Beatty’s untitled Howard Hughes film and will be back on our screens this year in Drake Doremus’ follow up to Like Crazy, Breathe In. So she's just a little bit busy then. She and Franco should compare diaries on set and see who's got most on.