Williams' 'Mammoth' undertaking


Oscar nominee Michelle Williams will star alongside Gael Garcia Bernal in Swedish director Lukas Moodysson's first English-language movie, "Mammoth," Memfis Film producer Lars Jonsson said.

Moodysson's project is scheduled to shoot on location in Thailand, the Philippines, Sweden and New York beginning Nov. 5.

It revolves around a successful New York couple (Williams, Garcia Bernal), their daughter and their Filipino nanny, whose lives take a dramatic turn after the father goes on a business trip to the Philippines.

The film is produced by Moodysson's longtime producing partner Jonsson.

The director said Friday that he thinks Williams — nominated for best supporting actress for "Brokeback Mountain" — "relays intelligence, poise and presence in every character she plays."

A regular on the international festival circuit, Moodysson's credits include "Fucking Amal," "Together" and "Lilya 4-ever."

Williams is represented by Hylda Queally at CAA. The deal was brokered by co-producer Vibeke Windelov on behalf of Memfis Film.

A Swedish-German-Danish co-production, "Mammoth" will be produced by Memfis Film in co-production with Zentropa Berlin and Zentropa Entertainments, with backing from Film i Vast, SVT, TV2 Denmark, Medienboard Berlin, Swedish Filminstitute, Danish Filminstitute, Filmforderungsanstalt, Nordic Film & TV Fund and Eurimages.