Norwegian director Liv Ullman will begin shooting a new €4.3m film adaptation of the Swedish play ‘Miss Julie’ at Castle Coole in Co Fermanagh this month, funded by the Irish Film Board and Northern Ireland Screen, starring Colin Farrell and two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain.
The film is an Irish/Norwegian/English co-production, produced by Tristan Orpen Lynch of Dublin-based Subotica, Maipo Films in Norway, and Apocalypse Films in London.
Based on the 1888 play by August Strindberg, ‘Miss Julie’ follows attempts by an aristocrat’s daughter to encourage her father’s valet to seduce her – in an examination of inter-class divisions and sexuality.
Fresh from her Oscar nomination for Best Actress for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ – in which she played the CIA agent who dedicated her career to relentlessly hunting Osama Bin Laden- Jessica Chastain will star in the title role of the daughter of an Anglo-Irish aristocrat.
Colin Farrell will co-star as the valet, engaged to an Irish cook played by Samantha Morton, with the story unfolding over a midsummer’s night in Fermanagh in 1890 rather than the original setting of Sweden.
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We reported last month that Jessica was front-runner to portrait the Tarzan leading lady, but it seems this won’t happen. Deadline is reporting that Warner shut down plans to make the film this year, and are shuttering the production office.
Sounds like it had to do with a high budget they just couldn’t reduce to the level that made the studio comfortable. Casting and timing could also have been an issue, as word is the studio had been courting Jamie Foxx to play the film’s third lead but hadn’t made a deal. This is the film that Warner Bros has tried to get going for years, even hiring scribes Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer to separately script their own visions for the franchise.
Nobody was commenting officially, but insiders at the studio tell me they are trying again for 2014 and that Yates is still in the fold. The studio hadn’t greenlit the film and did not have pay or play deals, so it wasn’t that hard to apply the brakes. Warner Bros is always voracious for franchises that can play on a global stage, but the studio also has been pretty bold about unplugging films that cost too much or don’t get the starpower.
You can nominate Jessica for the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards for her role in “The Heiress” by voting online. She is currently on the shortlist for Favorite Actress in a Play, Favorite Breakthrough Performance and Favorite Onstage Pair with her co-star Dan Stevens. Be sure to go to Broadway.com and nominate her, voting will close tomorrow.
The Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards are special because they’re voted on by the theater’s biggest cheerleaders: its fans. With a bevy of stars, an amazing view of Central Park and a great sense of humor, it’s also the biggest party of the year. The 2013 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards will be held on Sunday, May 5 at The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Center.
“The Heiress” can also be nominated in other categories including Favorite Play Revival, Favorite Actor in a Play.
Deadline is reporting that Jessica, Benedict Cumberbatch, Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam signed on to Guillermo del Toro’s next movie “Crimson Peak“.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam have signed on to star in Legendary Pictures’ haunted house thriller Crimson Peak, which will be the next movie to be directed by Guillermo del Toro and is set to begin shooting in January 2014. Del Toro originally wrote the ghost story script with frequent collaborator Matthew Robbins and had set it up at Universal; he now is giving it a rewrite with Lucinda Coxon. Legendary will produce and be a participating financing partner, with Universal retaining an option to also finance at a later date. Legendary is also behind del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which is due out July 12 via Warner Bros. Warners will likely distribute Crimson Peak via its deal with Legendary.