Colin Farrell considering Michael Cunningham adaptation

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com September 18 2002 12:00 AM ET

Variety reports that while actor Colin Farrell remains committed to Oliver Stone's Alexander the Great project, the Irish rising star may also be starring in an upcoming screen adaptation of out author Michael Cunningham's A Home at the End of the World, to be directed by Michael Mayer. Mayer directed the Tony-winning Broadway production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.

And speaking of the Alexander the Great biopic, MSNBC's Jeannette Walls reports that Farrell may be growing skittish over that film's inclusion of the conqueror's same-sex affections. A spokeswoman for Farrell told Walls that Farrell is not yet committed to the role; when Walls asked if Farrell would be comfortable playing a gay character, the spokeswoman replied, "Of course," changing her mind to "I don't know," and finally hanging up. As one source tells Walls, "It would be an incredibly brave but possibly career-threatening" move for Farrell to play Alexander. "Some stars have played gay roles and then gone on to be sex symbols, but it's very tough. Some fans are more homophobic than you'd expect. [Farrell] is such an up-and-coming heartthrob, if I was his adviser, I'd tell him to take a pass on this."