UTA Signs Theater Director Benedict Andrews

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The Australian native will direct his first film, starring Rooney Mara, next summer

Theater director Benedict Andrews has signed with UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Earlier this year the Australian native directed Cate Blanchett, Isabelle Huppert and The Great Gatsby’s Elizabeth Debicki in the Sydney Theatre Company production of The Maids, which also played New York City’s Lincoln Center Festival. Andrews also directed Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster in the London revival of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Now based in Iceland, Andrews is directing a Dutch and English National Opera co-production of La Boheme and preparing to make his feature film debut with Jean Doumanian Productions’ adaptation of Scottish playwright David Harrower's Blackbird, starring Rooney Mara.

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A former STC resident director, Andrews’ accolades include an London Critics Circle Award for directing Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, five Sydney Theatre Awards and six of Australia’s Helpmann Awards for the marathon Shakespeare cycle The War of the Roses (starring Blanchett) and an Olivier nomination for the opera Caligula.

Andrews has penned many of his stage adaptations himself, including The Maids (with Andrew Upton), Three Sisters, The War of the Roses (with Tom Wright) and Chekhov’s The Seagull.

He continues to be repped by Judy Daish Associates in the U.K. and The Yellow Agency in Australia.