Ryan Reynolds in talks for Helen Mirren's Woman In Gold

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 April 2014
Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Bruhl are in talks to star opposite Helen Mirren in 'Woman In Gold' which follows the story of Jewish WWII survivor, Maria Altmann

Ryan Reynolds is in talks to join the 'Woman In Gold'.

The 37-year-old actor and Daniel Bruhl are negotiating roles to star opposite Helen Mirren in the Simon Curtis-directed film, according to deadline.com.

The 'RED 2' actress will play a Jewish World War II survivor, Maria Altmann, who fought the Austrian government to regain possession of five paintings by Gustav Klimt - known as a symbolist painter - that were stolen by the Nazis during wartime.

Reynolds has been cast as the attorney who takes on the case, while Bruhl will play his adversary, in the forthcoming film scripted by Alexi Kay Campbell.

David Thompson and Kris Thykier are producing and Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Christine Langan and Ed Rubin are acting as executive producers.

Altmann's story has previously been recounted in documentary films including 2007's 'Stealing Klimt', 2008's 'Adele's Wish', and 'The Rape of Europa' which was a documentary about the Nazi plunder.

Reynolds - who is married to Blake Lively - last hit the big screen in supernatural comedy 'R.I.P.D.', where he played Boston Police detective sergeant Nick Walker.

While Bruhl was in last year's 'Rush' which earned him a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting role, as well as starring in 'The Fifth Estate' and 'A Most Wanted Man'.

Woman in Gold

  • 2 stars
  • 2015
  • 1h 49min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Simon Curtis
  • Cast: Helen Mirren, Andrew Garfield, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl
  • UK release: 10 April 2015

Maria (Mirren), an Austrian woman who escaped her homeland before WW II, teams up with lawyer Randol (Reynolds) in a fight to retrieve paintings stolen by the Nazis. Mirren and Reynolds have pleasing chemistry but Curtis fails to give this true story a clear direction or emotional impact.

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