We haven't heard anything about director Phillip Noyce's time-travel romance, Timeless, since it was announced (back in Fall 2011) that increasingly-popular actor Liam Hemsworth was in negotiations to headline the film.
Jump to the present and we finally have confirmation that not only has Hemsworth officially committed to the project, but that shooting is now slated to begin by July of 2012 - just a couple of months after the 22-year-old Aussie actor is supposed to begin working alongside Dwayne Johnson on the crime thriller Empire State.
Hemsworth will show up in two hotly-anticipated 2012 movies - namely, as Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games and as Bill "The Kid" Timmons in The Expendables 2. In addition to both Empire State and Timeless, Thor/Chris Hemsworth's younger sibling also remains loosely attached to appear in Arabian Nights, which could still feasibly begin production before the year is done. Suffice it to say, young Liam won't be in short supply on the big screen, in the foreseeable future.
Timeless will mark a change-in-pace for Hemsworth, seeing how Moviehole (in its scoop on the actor signing on) describes it as a romantic drama that tells the tale of a young widower - one who is so tormented by "unresolved issues" between himself and his deceased wife, he actually uses his inheritance to construct a time machine, in order to contact her one more time. Similarly, the film also marks a departure for director Phillips, who likewise specializes in action-thrillers (see: Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Salt).
[caption id="attachment_101384" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Phillip Noyce directs Angelina Jolie on the set of 'Salt'[/caption]
Bill Kelly is responsible for penning Timeless, which seems to sample elements from his previous scripts - including, the fish-out-of-water (or, rather, time period) plot aspect from Blast from the Past, the fantasy/sci-fi angle from Premonition, and the "tweaked" fairy tale romance from Enchanted. That's an intriguing mixture of components which could result in a genuinely-passionate fantastical tale of lost love like The Fountain - or, conversely, something more on the schlocky side, such as... well, Premonition.
Phillips has most recently been directing more character-oriented TV material, including episodes of ABC's Revenge and HBO's Luck - while passing on films that cover (for him) overdone territory, like Hunter Killer. So, in that sense, it sounds like he's all the more prepped to handle a personal melodrama such as Timeless. Here's hoping that he can manage to make something worthwhile out of Kelly's screenplay - questions about its quality, aside.
We will continue to keep you posted on any noteworthy developments concerning Timeless - including, when it lands an official theatrical release date.