With principal photography beginning today on Ron Maxwell’s Copperhead, I have been sent the following announcement regarding the film. Some of the cast-members have been released (the moment we’ve all been waiting for!), as well as their website now becoming active. While below is the official statement, I just want to say how I excited I am to see Jason Patric in the lead role, as he was excellent as James Bowie in the 2004 film The Alamo. Also being cast is actor Angus MacFadyen, who played Robert the Bruce in Braveheart, another epic. Supporting actors include Agustus Prew of the very popular TV series The Borgias, as well as Lucy Boynton, Genevieve Steele, and Casey Brown. Please check out the statement below, as well as their official website, Facebook, and Twitter.
May 16, 2012 – Principal photography on Swordspoint Production’s Civil War era drama COPPERHEAD will commence in King’s Landing, NB, Canada, on May 16,, 2012. Veteran director Ron Maxwell (GODS AND GENERALS, GETTSYBURG) will helm the film based on the epic novel by Harold Frederic. The film will star Jason Patric (THE LOST BOYS, RUSH, IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH) as patriarch Abner Beech and Angus MacFadyen (BRAVEHEART, TITUS, WE BOUGHT A ZOO) as Jee Hagadorn.
Penned by Bill Kauffman, COPPERHEAD is unlike any Civil War story ever filmed. It is a story of the war at home—of a family ripped apart by war, of fathers set against sons and daughters, of a community driven to an appalling act of vengeance against a man who insists on exercising his right to free speech during wartime. A story of the violent passions and burning feuds that set ablaze the homefront during the Civil War, COPPERHEAD is also a timeless and deeply moving examination of the price of dissent, the place of the individual amidst the hysteria of wartime, and the awful cost of war—a cost measured not in dollars but in fractured families, broken loves, and men dead before their time.
With COPPERHEAD, director Ron Maxwell, who with GETTYSBURG and GODS AND GENERALS established himself as our foremost cinematic interpreter of the American Civil War, takes on the War from a stunning and unexpected and richly, unforgettably humanist angle.
Bill Kauffman is the author of nine books, including Ain’t My America (Henry Holt/Metropolitan), which Barnes & Noble named one of the best books of 2008; Look Homeward, America (ISI Books), and Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette: A Mostly Affectionate Account of a Small Town’s Fight to Survive (Henry Holt, 2003/Picador paperback, 2004), Kauffman is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal.
Co-Producer John Houston brings years of award winning filmmaking to COPPERHEAD. Beginning with his first credit on the 1973 production of THE WHITE DAWN, Houston was the 1st Assistant Director on NEVER CRY WOLF and went on to direct six films of his own, helping promote and preserve the Inuit (Canadian Eskimo) oral tradition. COPPERHEAD was the challenge that lured him back into service production.
And of course, please check out the special page we have dedicated on the blog for this film, and always remember to check it out for the latest Copperhead information! That’s all for now, folks! Stay tuned!