The film is the directorial debut of Madeline Stowe, who wrote the script. She reportedly turned down a multi-million dollar deal for the film in 1993 after writing the film as a star vehicle for herself. Rachel Weisz will be playing that role now, the part of a woman whose husband is killed and her two children kidnapped. It is set in 1859.
Hugh is set to play the frontiersman who saves her, while Robert will play her son.
The novice director told the trade paper that Robert committed to the film before "Twilight" made him a star.
"Robert said yes last fall," Madeline said. "Hugh said yes a couple of weeks ago. I saw three actresses, and knew after meeting with Rachel that she was the person I wanted to hand this role to."
Madeline was reportedly offered $5 million for the script – an unheard-of sum for a first-time scribe – with Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe attached to direct and star, respectively, but she turned down the offer to retain her creative control.
Rachel will next be seen in Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones."
Robert is currently starring in "Little Ashes" and Hugh is reprising his superhero role in box office smash "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."
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