Close& co assem­bling for Ir­ish his­tor­i­cal drama

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

It has been con­firmed that a host of stars will de­scend on Dublin in June. Glenn Close, Amanda Seyfried, Jonathan Rhys Mey­ers and Or­lando Bloom will be shoot­ing a film based on the Ge­orge Moore story Al­bert Nobbs.

Close, who ap­peared in the stage ver­sion, The Sin­gu­lar Life of Al­bert Nobbs, 27 years ago, will re­visit her role as a woman who lives life as a man in 19th-cen­tury Ire­land. Close is also pro­duc­ing the film.

Do you want more tal­ent? Rodrigo Gar­cia is di­rect­ing, and it looks as if Michael Gam­bon and Os­car nom­i­nee Janet McTeer will also be along for the ride. The dis­tin­guished nov­el­ist John Banville, for­mer lit­er­ary ed­i­tor of this news­pa­per, has adapted the script in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with the pro­ducer and star.

“From the start, when Glenn Close ap­proached me about the project, the story fas­ci­nated me, with its blend of strange­ness, pathos and quirky hu­mour,” Banville told Reel News.

The project is clearly a labour of love for Close. Though she has taken an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer credit on quite a few tele­vi­sion projects, this is, per­haps sur­pris­ingly, the first time Close has pro­duced a fea­ture film.

Mind you, it is the kind of story that turns heads (and wins awards). When the stage pro­duc­tion, from a script by Si­mone Ben­mussa, played off Broad­way back in 1982, the New York Times felt that the play was “a cu­rio”, but that Close’s “per­for­mance is trans­form­ing”.

Glenn Close is pro­duc­ing and star­ring in Al­bert Nobbs,

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