'Downton Abbey' Star Jessica Brown Findlay Spins a 'Winter's Tale'

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The cast of PBS hit "Downton Abbey" is being scooped up by Hollywood faster than you can ask, "What is a weekend?"

Jessica Brown Findlay, who plays Lady Sybill Crawley on the popular show, has been cast as Beverly Penn, a terminally ill young woman who falls in love with a man who tries to rob her home in Warner Brothers' adaptation of Mark Helprin's 1983 novel, "Winter's Tale." The book, which was among the New York Times' 2006 nominees for the best work of American fiction in the last quarter century, combines the early 20th century period style audiences have come to know Findlay for, with sci-fi and fantasy.

Deadline reports that film will mark the first big-screen directing job for Akiva Goldsman, who penned the Oscar-winning "A Beautiful Mind," in addition to scoring some TV cred as a writer, producer and director on FOX's sci-fi drama "Fringe."

It's still unclear as to who will take on the role of Peter Lake, the criminal Penn falls for, although Garrett Hedlund and "Kick-Ass" star Aaron Johnson are reportedly frontrunners. Russell Crowe is also in talks to star in the movie as Pearly Soames, Lake's gang leader and eventual enemy.

"Winter's Tale" will begin filming Oct. 15 in New York.

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