4 new players in 'Pippa Lee'
EmptyKeanu Reeves, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Alan Arkin and Monica Bellucci have joined the all-star cast of "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," from writer-director Rebecca Miller.
Adapted by Miller — the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller and wife of Daniel Day-Lewis — from her forthcoming novel, the dramedy centers on a dutiful 50-year-old wife whose husband falls for a younger woman, freeing her to explore her buried sensuality and leading to a very quiet nervous breakdown.
Robin Wright Penn already is on board as the title character, as are Julianne Moore and Winona Ryder.
Arkin is the husband who leaves Wright Penn for Ryder. Bellucci will play his first wife.
Reeves will play Wright Penn's younger lover, while Gyllenhaal plays Wright Penn's diet pill-addicted mother in flashback sequences. Moore is a lesbian novelist.
Elevation Filmworks, which produced Miller's three previous efforts, is producing along with Plan B Entertainment.
London-based Lumina Films is executive producing the film and handling worldwide sales, with CAA partnering on the sale of domestic distribution rights. Jean-Luc De Fanti and Winchester Capital Partners are on board to finance the film as executive producers.
Lumina is presenting the film to international buyers this week in Berlin at the European Film Market.
"Pippa Lee" is scheduled to begin principal photography in April in Connecticut.
Reeves is shooting "The Day the Earth Stood Still" for 20th Century Fox.
Gyllenhaal has Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight" in the can, and Arkin is shooting "Marley & Me" for Fox 2000. Bellucci is filming "Ne te retourne pas."