Earth Dance Theater dancers completed their work this month on ‘The New World,’ a major motion picture for New Line Cinema. The film is a Terrence Malick-scripted drama about explorer John Smith and the clash between Native Americans and the British in the 17th century lands called Virginia by the British. The film is set for a November 9, 2005 release date in the United States, with earlier dates set for Europe. For a sneak peak at the trailer, click here.
The role of John Smith will be undertaken by Colin Farrell, whose character develops a relationship with the beautiful young Indian Pocahontas, played by Q’Orianka Kilcher. In the film, this forbidden love puts the pair at odds with their own cultures.
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.
Earth Dance Theater dancers Kalani Queypo, Raoul Trujillo, Rulan Tangen, Thosh Collins, Alex Meraz, Lyle Kochamp, Quetzal Guerrero, Lawrence Santiago and many other indigenous performers had a hand in the production.
For great links on writer/director Terrence Malick and on the myths and stories surrounding Pocahontas, check out this educational site.
Production Team: The New World
Written and Directed by:
Terrence Malick (Days of Heaven, Badlands, The Thin Red Line)
Ivan Bess … associate producer
Toby Emmerich … executive producer
Sarah Green … producer
Trish Hofmann … executive producer
Peter La Terriere … co-producer: UK
Bill Mechanic … executive producer
Rolf Mittweg … executive producer
Mark Ordesky … executive producer
Jason Aaron Baca … Parker
Christian Bale … John Rolfe
Greg Cooper … Boatman
Colin Farrell … John Smith
John Ghaly … British Soldier
Michael Greyeyes … Rupwew
Jamie Harris … Emery
Q’Orianka Kilcher … Pocahontas
Eddie Marsan … Edward
Ben Mendelsohn … Ben
Anthony Parker … Core Warrior
Christopher Plummer … Captain Christopher Newport
Kalani Queypo … Parahunt
Myrton Running Wolf … Tockwhogh
Lawrence Santiago … Core Warrior
August Schellenberg … Powhatan
Wes Studi … Opechancanough
Gary Sundown … Messenger/Core Warrior
Noah Taylor … Selway
David Thewlis … Captain Edward Wingfield
Raoul Trujillo … Tomocomo
Jeremy Wade … Jeremy
Yorick van Wageningen … Captain Argall
Will Wallace … William Sentry