Just days into filming the new Cold War thriller “The Coldest Game” in Poland, star William Hurt broke his leg in an off-set accident in Warsaw.
The 67-year-old Oscar-winner slipped and fell on his way home from the set approximately two weeks ago, breaking his leg, a source tells Variety. He has since had surgery and is currently recovering in Poland.
Following the accident and with the extended recovery time, Hurt was quickly replaced by Bill Pullman. The “Independence Day” actor has stepped into the role of Joshua Mansky, a forgotten chess master and genius who faced off against a Russian chess master in an era-defining match at the height of Cold War tensions. Production has since resumed with Pullman in the role.
Since production on the film was only days underway, extensive re-shoots with Pullman are not needed.
“I would like to wholeheartedly thank William Hurt for believing in the story we decided to tell. We wish him health and a speedy recovery,” says director Lukasz Kosmicki, who welcomed Pullman to the project, calling him, “a versatile actor with an impressive resume, who has already brilliantly brought to life the character of Joshua Mansky.”