Naomi Watts, Robin Wright Sign on for 'The Grandmothers'

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Naomi Watts, left, and Robin Wright

The Australian-French co-production will co-star Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville.

SYDNEY -- Naomi Watts and Robin Wright are to headline French director Anne Fontaine’s (Coco Avant Chanel) next feature, The Grandmothers, which has been greenlit for investment funding by Screen Australia, the agency said Monday.

The erotic tale of misguided love and a celebration of the enduring nature of female friendship, The Grandmothers tells the story of two lifelong friends who fall in love with each other’s teenage sons. Based on Australian Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing’s novel, it has been adapted for the screen by Oscar winner Christopher Hampton.

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Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville will star alongside Watts and Wright.

The Grandmothers is being set as an official Australian-French co-production, with Hopscotch Features, Ciné-@, Mon Voisin Productions, Gaumont and France 2 Cinéma producing.

Producers are Andrew Mason, Philippe Carcassonne, Michel Feller, Dominique Besnehard and Francis Boespflug.

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Gaumont will handle international sales while Hopscotch EOne is the Australian distributor.

Hopscotch Features is the recently formed production division of the Hopscotch Group which was acquired this year by Toronto-based EOne.