Icelandic production company True North has confirmed that Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly will star in A Journey Home, based on a novel by Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson. Earlier plans for the movie with Liv Ullmann as director were canceled in 2005.
“She has already begun preparing for her role, she has to practice […] speaking English with an Icelandic accent,” Leifur B. Dagfinnsson at True North told Fréttabladid. He expects shooting to begin in Iceland in April.
In 2005, Saga Film had planned to produce the film, teaming up with Norwegian actress and director Liv Ullmann. But there was disagreement about the screenplay that Ullmann had written and she decided to leave the project.
Next Baltasar Kormákur and his company Sögn efh. took over the project and Danish director Bille August entered the picture. Later, Kormákur sold the project to True North.
Because of all these changes it was not certain that Connelly would participate in the project anymore. Both she and her husband Paul Bettany had agreed to act in the movie while the project was still in the hands of Saga Film.
Now the project is on a roll. According to Dagfinnsson, True North has reached an agreement with a well-known American distributor and Steven Haft, who produced Dead Poets Society has agreed to become one of its producers. Apart from Connelly and Bettany, True North is about to reach agreements with two other world-famous actors.