Maria Bello has signed on to star in the indie drama THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION, which recounts the life and unfortunate death of photojournalist Dan Eldon. Bello, who in real life shares a close relationship with Eldon’s mother Kathy, will also be portraying her in the film.
The film was span Eldon’s life as an artist, explorer, and traveler who helped lead aid missions across Africa. While in war-torn Somalia, Eldon was stoned to death at the age of 22 by the very people he was trying to help. Bello is a member of the Creative Visions Foundation, which was formed in Eldon’s honor.
Bronwen Hughes will direct the pic, with a script she co-wrote with Jan Sardi. Pride star Ben Schnetzer will portray Eldon alongside Ella Purnell and Sam Hazeldin, who will also star. Kathy Eldon, Kweku Mandela, Martin Katz, and Richard Arlook are producing, while Bello will executive produce.
The film treatment of Eldon’s story has long been in the works, with Daniel Radcliffe and Orlando Bloom both at different times attached to take on the role. The Journey is the Destination will take cues from the book of the same name, which features over 200 pages from Eldon’s own journals, as well as Kathy’s memoir In the Heart of Life.
Bello most recently appeared opposite Kevin Costner in Disney’s sports drama McFarland, USA and in the Liam Neeson drama Third Person. The multi-talented actress, whose drama Bravetown debuted this past May, just wrapped on the Clive Owen drama The Confirmation, the supernatural drama Wait Till Helen Comes, and is getting ready to shoot the crime/thriller The Eel, which co-stars Sam Rockwell and Ben Kingsley.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.