“Winter’s Tale” Filming On UWS Today; Cast Includes Will Smith, Russell Crowe & Colin Farrell

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Winter’s Tale, based on the 1983 Mark Helprin novel, is filming in the neighborhood today.

The cast features a number of big names, including Will Smith, Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Connelly, Matt Bomer, Jessica Brown Findlay, William Hurt, Lucy Griffiths, and Eva Marie Saint. The film is directed by Akiva Goldsman.

OLV reports production is in the vicinity of Central Park West & 61st.

Some additional info from WhatCulture.com:

The film is an adaptation of Mark Helprin’s 1983 best-selling novel that flips back and forth between two different time periods in Manhattan, one in the early 19th century and one later that century. It centers on the love between an Irish burglar and a dying young woman, though Crowe & Smith have neither parts, instead taking supporting turns as a judge (Smith) and as gangster Pearly Soames (Crowe).

I’ve never read the much loved novel but it has such a complex plot that there isn’t really anyway to condense it into a few sentences, so here’s how the book is officially described;

Set in New York at the beginning and the end of the twentieth century, “Winter´s Tale” unfolds with such great narrative force and beauty that a reader can feel that its world is more real than his own. Standing alone on the page before the book begins are the words, I have been to another world, and come back. Listen to me. In that world, both winter and the city of New York (old and new) have the strength and character of protagonists, and the protagonists themselves move as if in a vivid dream. Though immensely complicated, the story is centered upon Peter Lake, a turn-of-the-century Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young heiress whom he encounters in robbing her house, and who eventually will die young and in his arms. His love for her, and a gift of grace, will allow him after the most extraordinary and painful explorations and discoveries to stop time and bring back the dead. To follow him, his predecessors, his inheritors, and his companions is to experience one of the great stories of American literature.

You never know what you might see during a NYC filmshoot…

A fan shot the video below — showing Russell Crowe and Colin Farrell on horses in front of a green screen — during filming of Winter’s Tale last month in the Meatpacking District:

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