With his films Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond The Pines, writer-director Derek Cianfrance has shown an ability to get behind the eyes of people dealing with the consequences of difficult choices, and to reveal a lot of what’s inside those characters without leaning too hard on dialogue. That’s what makes Cianfrance a good choice to adapt M.L. Stedman’s novel The Light Between Oceans, about an Australian lighthouse keeper and WWI veteran who comes to regret his wife’s decision to keep a baby that washes up on shore one day. And for a story about intense isolation and attachment, Cianfrance may have found the ideal star: Michael Fassbender.
According to TheWrap, Fassbender is in talks with DreamWorks to play the conflicted lighthouse keeper for Cianfrance. If the deal closes quickly, The Light Between Oceans would be Cianfrance’s next film; and Fassbender would do The Light Between Oceans before moving on to the Prometheus sequel. There’s no word yet on who’d play the lighthouse keeper’s wife, or what the time-table might be for shooting or releasing. But if The Light Between Oceans sets up Fassbender to be Cianfrance’s new Ryan Gosling, that’s something to be welcomed. No offense to Gosling, but in an internally tormented brood-off, Fassbender would crush him.