"Sir John Hurt will play a dying man in 'That Good Night'.
The 76-year-old actor - whose own battle with pancreatic cancer was revealed just last year - has joined the cast of the film which is based on N.J. Crisp's 1996 stage play of the same name, Variety ha revealed.
Hurt will star as Ralph, a once-famous screenwriter who has two last wishes in life before he dies; to be reconciled with his son Michael and ensure he is not a burden to his younger completely devoted second wife Anna.
Just as his plans are going wrong, the man who he has hired to assist his death and help him go painlessly into ''that good night'', arrives and reminds him of the potential that life still holds for him.
Speaking of his appointment, the 76-year-old English actor said: ''I very much looking forward to putting all the jigsaw pieces together that make up this fascinating and paradoxical character.''
Hurt came face-to-face with his own mortality in June when he was diagnosed with early-stage pancreatic cancer.
He confirmed publicly that he would continue to work while undergoing treatment, and said that both he and his medical team were ''more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome'' and following treatment, he went into remission in October.
Speaking about casting the actor in 'That Good Night', Alan Latham - who produced the original play and now the film - commented: '''That Good Night' is a passion project of mine and I'm very proud to bring N.J. Crisp's stage play, that I produced 20 years ago, to the big screen. John Hurt is one of Britain's finest actors, and we're delighted to have him on board in bringing this touching story to life.''
The 'Alien' star will start shooting 'That Good Night' in March in the Algarve, Portugal and in Yorkshire, England.
Also British actor Max Brown joines John Hurt in the feature adaptation of That Good Night, which is based on NJ Crisp’s play. Eric Styles is directing from a screenplay by Charles Savage, who also will produce with Alan Latham of GSP Studios. The story chronicles a once-famous and now terminally ill screenwriter (Hurt) who is in pursuit of two final missions: to reconcile with his estranged son (Brown) and, secretly, to ensure he’s not a burden to his wife as he goes “into that good night,” as the Dylan Thomas poem says. Principal photography starts in April in the Algarve. Brown’s credits include Agent Carter, Beauty and the Beast, The Tudors, the BBC’s Spooks (aka MI-5) and the feature You, Me And The Apocalypse. He’s repped by UTA, Silver Linings Entertainment and United Agents.