Colin Farrell Invited to Tell a 'Winter's Tale'

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Now is the winter of Colin Farrell.

The "Fright Night" star will turn in his vampire fangs and enter a very different kind of fantastical world if he accepts the lead role in "Winter's Tale," according to Variety.

Farrell is the current frontrunner for the male lead in writer-director Akiva Goldman's adaptation of Mark Helprin's 1983 fantasy novel, a role for which the filmmakers have previously been eyeing the likes of Benjamin Walker, Liam Hemsworth, Luke Evans, Tom Hiddleston, Aaron Johnson and Garrett Hedlund.

"Winter's Tale" follows Peter Lake, a thief who breaks into a wealthy man's home and sparks a relationship with the man's terminally ill daughter (Jessica Brown Findlay of "Downton Abbey"), which leads to an even bigger story involving reincarnation, time travel and a flying white horse. The book was among the New York Times' 2006 nominees for the best work of American fiction in the last quarter century.

If he accepts the role, Colin Farrell will be joining a cast that also includes Will Smith as a judge and Russell Crowe as gangster Pearly Soames, Lake's boss and eventual enemy. Farrell will next be seen in "Total Recall," opening Aug. 3, and in Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths," opening probably sometime in the fall.

"Winter's Tale" is set to commence with production in New York on Oct. 15.