Mickey Liddell has jumped on board his latest US acquisition, teaming up with Roadside Attractions on rights to the Glenn Close-starrer.

The partners plan an awards season launch in autumn for Albert Nobbs, in which Close will play a woman who passes as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Dublin. WestEnd Films is handling international sales.

Rodrigo Garcia directed the drama from a screenplay that Close, Gabriella Prekop and John Banville adapted from a story by Istvan Szabo based on George Moore’s novella The Singular Life Of Albert Nobbs.

Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Janet McTeer, Pauline Collins, Brenda Fricker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Brendan Gleeson also star. Close marks her producing debut with Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn and Alan Moloney. 

Trillium Productions, Mockingbird Pictures and Parallel Film Productions collaborated on the film with support from WestEnd and Chrysalis Films, as well as the participation of the Irish Film Board.

Close won an Obie Award in 1982 for playing the Nobbs character off Broadway.

“Glenn Close appears in nearly every frame as Albert Nobbs, and her performance is masterful,” Liddell said. “This is an intimate film full of big ideas in the tradition of Gosford Park and Sense And Sensibility.”

“This great story about a woman forced to hide in plain sight will resonate with contemporary filmgoers,” Roadside Attractions’ Eric d’Arbeloff added. “Glenn Close is one of the true leading ladies of American cinema, and her vision for this film is incredibly inspiring.”

Liddell and attorney Chad Reineke negotiated for Liddell Entertainment alongside Howard Cohen on behalf of Roadside Attractions. CAA represented the filmmakers.