Sam Worthington to Headline 'The Fields'

Back in November there was a rumor floating around that Sam Worthington and Bradley Cooper would headline a project called The Texas Killing Fields, a film that would mark Ami Canan Mann’s (Michael Mann’s daughter) debut as a feature filmmaker. THR confirms that Worthington will indeed be starring in the picture (now titled The Fields). His role is that of a Texas homicide detective who joins with a New York detective to investigate unsolved murders in the Texas bayous. Casting of the New York detective has not been made official, but one would guess that if Cooper was available he would be one of the top candidates.

Written by producer Don Ferrarone (a former DEA operations agent) the script was considered by Danny Boyle, but he was quoted as saying that the script was so dark that “you’d have to have half a dozen super megastars for a studio to even consider making it.” Considering that Worthington is a hot property these days after being a part of three consecutive tentpole pictures (with another one in development) I shouldn’t say that the announcement is a surprise. All I really care about is if the Australian can pull off a Texan accent and not have it seem forced.

Still, this project does have killer potential (no pun intended) since it’s based on a series of unsolved murders in a stretch of bayous in Texas where as many as 70 bodies have been deposited over the past 30 years. You can read more about the killing fields of League City, TX, here.

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