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Glenn Close is finally preparing to become The Wife.
The adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s novel, with Close in the title role as Joan Castleman and Swedish filmmaker Bjorn Runge in the director’s chair, is set to go into production on Oct. 31. Jane Anderson penned the script.
Logan Lerman, Brit Marling and Frances McDormand had originally been attached to the project, which has been in the works for over a decade, initially set up at Fine Line Features.
The Wife is being produced by Rosalie Swedlin, Meta Louise Foldager, Piodor Gustafsson, Piers Tempest and Claudia Bluemhuber. London-based Embankment Films has secured multiple presales throughout international territories and brokered the financing for the film, provided by Silver Reel, Creative Scotland, Film Väst, Chimney, the Swedish Film Institute and SF Studios.
“I have never played a character like Joan Castleman and am thrilled by the prospect of bringing her to life,” said Close. “I have huge admiration for Jonathan Pryce’s sublime talent and am honored to be partnering with him in The Wife. The story is arresting and the characters are artists of the highest order — complex, passionate, flawed and movingly human. I adore Jane Anderson’s writing and look forward to being guided by Björn Runge.”
Six-time Oscar nominee Close was most recently seen in British thriller The Girl With All the Gifts.
Embankment is selling international rights for The Wife, with CAA / WME co-representing the U.S.
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