Jim Caviezel will shot the apple off of a little boys head in his next film. He has been cast to star in a new film called 'William Tell: The Legend'. It was bound to happen, out of all the legends in the world, it was only a matter of time before William Tell got his own movie. Also cast in the film is Til Schweiger.
The movie is being developed over at Flagship Film and is being directed by Nick Hurran. The word on the street is the movie will be a fact-based retelling of the medieval legend, the film will recount how Caviezel's Tell challenged the Hapsburg monarch Hermann Gessler, played by Schweiger. Tell's defiance ignited an uprising against the Austrian government which led to the formation of Switzerland.
Come on now, we all know it is impossible for Hollywood to make fact-based films. They always throw there own little twist to the story.
Jim Caviezel is a great actor I think he is underrated in this industry. The story is really interesting and I can't see how you can go wrong with this movie.
For those of you who don't know the story of William Tell here is a little background. Spoiler Alert for those who didn't listen in history class.
William Tell from Bürglen was known as an expert marksman with the crossbow. At the time, the Habsburg emperors were seeking to dominate Uri. Hermann Gessler, the newly appointed Austrian Vogt of Altdorf raised a pole in the village's central square with his hat on top and demanded that all the local townsfolk bow before it. As Tell passed by without bowing, he was arrested. He received the punishment of being forced to shoot an apple off the head of his son, Walter, or else both would be executed.
Tell had been promised freedom if he shot the apple. On 18 November 1307, Tell split the fruit with a single bolt from his crossbow, without mishap. When Gessler queried him about the purpose of the second bolt in his quiver, Tell answered that if he had ended up killing his son in that trial, he would have turned the crossbow on Gessler himself. Gessler became enraged at that comment, and had Tell bound and brought to his ship to be taken to his castle at Küssnacht. In a storm on Lake Lucerne, Tell managed to escape. On land, he went to Küssnacht, and when Gessler arrived, Tell shot him with the crossbow.
Tell's defiance of Gessler sparked a rebellion leading to the formation of the Swiss Confederation.
Tell fought in the Battle of Morgarten in 1315. He died in 1354 while trying to save a child from drowning in the Schächenbach, an alpine river in Uri. There is a fresco from 1582 in a chapel in Bürglen showing this scene
Source: Hollywood Reporter