Robert Redford used to be one of the biggest (and most Irish) stars in Hollywood. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, The Sting, 3 Days of the Condor — the guy struck that enviable balance of doing good work that a lot of people actually see. So it must be tough for him fading into obscurity, with most people under the age of 3 knowing him as the guy who does those boring commercials for the environment. It is in this atmosphere that Mr. Redford might be returning to acting, being reportedly interested in starring in an adaptation of Nicolas Vanier’s Gold in the Snow, to be directed by the writer.
The book is set during the gold rush in 1897. Here’s a brief synopsis:
“1897. Matt, a young peasant U.S. decided character, flees the family farm to live the adventure. Hired on a wharf in San Francisco by two men to the tunes of conspirators, he embarked on a steamer, steering north. There he learns the purpose of their expedition: the Klondike, at unknown river in Alaska will soon be subject to all fantasies. We have found gold, much gold. First come, first served.”
If I had to guess, I’d say the story then has Matt getting rich from gold without any difficulty whatsoever. (via The Playlist)