Tom Hiddleston of Thor, Avengers to Star as Robert Capa in Biopic

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Fans of Robert Capa have something to look forward to, as the film world is abuzz with news that another biopic exploring his life is currently in the works. Who is set to star as the legendary war photographer? British actor Tom Hiddleston, best known for his stellar performance as the villainous Norse god Loki. Curious? Find out more after the jump!

Image via Short List

After recently receiving the Best Villain Award in this year’s MTV Movie Awards for his role as Loki in Thor and The Avengers, Tom Hiddleston is set to put another fascinating role in his credit belt.

According to Short List and Cinema Blend, the British actor revealed that he’ll be portraying the revered Hungarian war photographer Robert Capa in a biopic simply entitled Capa, to be directed by Paul Andrew Williams. However, this isn’t the only Capa film in the works as of today, as there’s also Waiting For Robert Capa to be directed by Michael Mann to look forward to.

No word yet as to when filming will start and which part of the photographer’s life and career that the biopic will cover, but knowing the major World War II battle grounds he covered, the scenes should have no shortage of action and drama.

Slightly out of Focus: Capa’s World War II memoir, image from Google Images

Robert Capa remains to us shutterbugs and photography enthusiasts as one of the most influential and esteemed photographers of all time. Armed with nothing but his photography gear and equipped with little protection, Capa rushed towards perilous battle zones and war-ravaged cities to capture some of the most poignant wartime images in history. On photography itself, he has been famously quoted, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.” In 1947, Capa went on to establish the prestigious Magnum Photos in Paris, alongside other big shot names such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, David “Chim” Seymour, George Rodger, and William Vandivert.

Hiddleston, meanwhile, isn’t a stranger to scenes and stories set during bygone eras and war-torn years, having starred as Captain James Nicholls in War Horse, a film set during the onset of World War I, directed by Steven Spielberg; and as Prince Hal/Henry V in BBC TV movies Henry IV Part I and Part II and Henry V.

On Capa, Hiddleston reportedly said, "As a man he was fantastically charismatic, dynamic, vigorous, exciting and energetic, too.

“I look at [Capa’s] life and see it in heroic terms. A Hungarian kicked out of Hungary for writing against Fascism, he moved to Germany where he was kicked out for being Jewish, then he moved to France and from there began a life-long commitment to make a stand against forces of fascism.”

As for the preparations he intends to make for the role, Hiddleston said, “I plan to go to the places he lived, those places he visited, read books about him, study his photographs and, crucially, learn how he took them.”

Well then, Mr. Hiddleston, we have some readings to help you get started with that:

Seeing War Through The Eyes of Robert Capa
Lessons from Photography Masters: Robert Capa
Best of the Best: Robert Capa
Influential Photographs: Falling Soldier, 1936 by Robert Capa

This ought to be interesting, don’t you think? Tell us your insights about this upcoming Robert Capa biopic with a comment below!

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  1. geegraphy
    geegraphy ·


  2. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    wow, this could be really interesting... I read the book "waiting for robert capa" (in spanish) and the story is amazing!
    can't wait! (for both movies) :)

  3. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    @geegraphy I regret nothing, I do what I want! :))

    @guanatos I'm curious about the progress of the "Waiting for Robert Capa" film as well, I guess I'm going to do some research about that too one of these days! I am uncontrollably excited for this film, as Tom Hiddleston is one of my favorite actors right now -- can't wait to see him with an equally handsome camera in his hands or hanging from his neck!

  4. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    @plasticpopsicle I guess we'll have to wait and see who they cast for the roll of Gerda Taro... I agree there's going to be great cameras as props :)

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