The New World

Release Date: December 25, 2005
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Colin Farrell looks quite a bit cleaner than normal.

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37/166 David Mumpower Powerful romance and splendid visuals excuse an overlong re-telling of this classic story.

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This epic historical adventure/love story recounts the mythology surrounding explorer John Smith and the clash between the Native Americans and the British during the 17th century. The events that transpire in the film will take place following the founding of the Jamestown settlement in 1607.

The role of John Smith will be undertaken by Colin Farrell, whose character develops a relationship with the beautiful young Indian princess Pocahontas (Q'Orianka Kilcher). This forbidden love put the pair at odds with their own cultures and had a crucial role in the growing pains that America went through in its earliest days.

Along with Farrell and Kilcher, Christian Bale will play tobacco planter John Rolfe, while David Thewlis (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) portrays Smith's rival, Captain Wingfield. Noah Taylor (Almost Famous) will also be featured as Selway, one of the earliest settlers of the colony, and Christopher Plummer will portray Captain Christopher Newport, who serves as the first President of Jamestown.

The film is written and directed by Terrence Malick, whose projects tend to run toward the few and far between. He rather abruptly left Che, the biopic of the Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara to commit to New Line for this historical drama instead. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

August 29, 2005
The New World will open in New York and L.A. on Christmas Day before being released wide on January 29, 2006. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for The New World
Main Cast Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer
Supporting Cast Wes Studi, August Schellenberg, Raoul Trujillo, Michael Greyeyes, Christian Bale, David Thewlis, Noah Taylor, Q'orianka Kilcher
Director Terrence Malick
Screenwriter Terrence Malick
Distributor New Line Cinema
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Rating PG-13
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