Why cast an Oscar-winning actress when you can cast two?
Oscar winner Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore will be in the drama May December from the director Todd Haynes. The celebrated filmmaker directs from a script by Samy Burch, based on a story by Burch and Alex the mechanic.
Portman will play a Hollywood actress who travels to the scenic Maine coast to study the real woman (Moore) she will play in a movie. Moore will play a woman who was the subject of a tabloid scandal two decades earlier after marrying a man 23 years her junior. As Moore’s character and her much younger husband prepare to send their twin girls to college, the family dynamic begins to unravel under the underdog lens of Portman’s character.
Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum produce under their Gloria Sanchez Productions banner together with Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler from Killer Films as well as Portman and her MountainA partner Sophie Mas. Production is slated to start next year and the project will soon be bought on the Cannes virtual market.
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“What appealed to me about Samy Burch’s extraordinary script was how it navigated through potentially volatile subjects with a kind of patience for observation that allowed the characters in the story to be explored with unusual subtlety,” said Haynes Variety, who first got the message reported.
Haynes previously worked with Moore on For sure, Far from heaven, I am not there and Amazed. The director also has the Apple documentation The velvety underground debut in Cannes this year. Haynes’s work was never really my thing, but I enjoyed his latest film, the legal thriller Dark water With Mark Ruffalo.
Portman, who won an Oscar for. and the winner is Black Swan, just wrapped up Marvels Thor: love and thunder, while Moore won her Oscar for Still Alice and can currently be seen as a lead in Lisey’s story on AppleTV +. She also appears in The woman in the window and is used in the feature adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen later that year. These are two of the best actresses at work today, and I look forward to seeing them from head to toe in this film that offers an interesting premise that should keep a lot of drama and suspense going. Don’t be surprised if May December turns out to be a contender for the awards …
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Jeff Sneider is the Senior Film Reporter at Collider, where he publishes film and television news and curates the Newcomers of the Month, as well as hosting the podcast The Sneider Cut and the award-winning series For Your Consideration starring Scott Mantz and Perri Nemiroff. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jeff began his career at Ain’t It Cool News before moving to Los Angeles to write for Variety and later for TheWrap and Mashable. Jeff was also the Editor-in-Chief of The Tracking Board and has contributed to the MTV Movies Blog, Hollywood Life Magazine, Washington Square News, and the Colorado Springs Independent. His Oscar selection appeared on the LA Times Envelope site, and he agrees with screenwriter William Goldman, who famously said of Hollywood, “Nobody knows.” Jeff is from Needham, Massachusetts and has never had a salad. He can be found on Twitter, Instagram, Cameo, and Blogspot by searching his name @TheInSneider.
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