Based on the Mark Helprin novel, Goldsman’s directorial debut centers on a thief (Colin Farrell) who breaks into the home of a bed-ridden young woman (Jessica Brown Findlay) and ends up falling in love with her.
Tom Hiddleston, Garrett Hedlund, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Luke Evans, Liam Hemsworth and Benjamin Walker were considered for the role of Peter Lake before Colin Farrell was cast.
Bella Heathcote, Lily Collins, Sarah Gadon, Gabriella Wilde and Elizabeth Olsen auditioned for the role that went to Jessica Brown Findlay.
Hans Zimmer had written most of the music for Winter's Tale before he had to leave to finish writing music for '12 Years a Slave' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'. Rupert Gregson-Williams was hired by his friend Zimmer to write the remaining score and to collaborate with him on the whole score, overall.
There was one report where Martin Scorsese had originally purchased the film rights to Winter's Tale, but he backed out for he deemed it "Unfilmable".
Rhythm and Hues, the visual effects company were hired to create the visual effects before it went bankrupt in 2013. Framestore, the special effects company was hired to complete the visual effects work.
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