Ford Enlists Actors For Isherwood Flick

When he left his gig at Gucci in 2004, Tom Ford declared that he wanted to go into the movie business. Most people just laughed and the dream seemed to die when Ford opened his eponymous design house.

Ford again fueled rumors last November, when he announced that he’d bought the rights to novelist Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel, A Single Man, about a middle-aged gay professor.

Still, most people simply shrugged at the news, but now Ford seems closer to ever to achieving his big screen dreams, complete with A-list actors, says Marc Malkin:

Sources reveal exclusively to me that it looks like Colin Firth will star as a gay college professor who deals with the sudden death of his lover. The character is helped in his efforts by a lifelong female friend and one of his students.

Firth’s rep tells me “he’s in discussions” but it’s not a done deal.

Julianne Moore will play the friend while Jamie Bell has signed for the student role, my sources say. The story takes place in 1962 in Los Angeles.

The movie, which has yet to find a studio, will begin shooting in November.