Joining Glenn Close in the cast will be Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Brendan Gleeson and Brenda Fricker.
London-based WestEnd Films has closed a raft of eyecatching deals on Rodrigo Garcia’s ensemble drama Albert Nobbs and has confirmed the cast for the project, due to start shooting in Ireland next week.Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right), Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass, Nowhere Boy), Brendan Gleeson and Oscar-winning actress Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot) join top talent already attached including Glenn Close, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Janet McTeer.
WestEnd Films has confirmed sales with Wild Bunch in Benelux, Chrysalis in France, Multimedia in Portugal, Seven in Greece, Monopole in Switzerland, AQS and VTI in Eastern Europe, Film Depot in Russia, Shapira in Israel, Front Row in the Middle East, R Film in Turkey, PictureWorks in India, SSG in Taiwan and Nu Metro in South Africa.
The film is about a woman pretending to be a man in order to survive ultra-conservative 19th century Ireland. Wasikowska, who worked previously with Garcia on the HBO series In Treatment, will play Helen, a young maid who forms a dangerous and potentially tragic love triangle with title character Albert (Close) and young handy man Joe played by Johnson.
Rodrigo Garcia directs from a script that Glenn Close, along with Man Booker prize-winning novelist John Banville and Gabriella Prekop, adapted from a short story by Irish author, George Moore. Close previously won an Obie Award for playing the Nobbs character Off-Broadway in Simone Benmussa’s theatrical interpretation of Moore’s short story, “The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs.”
Glenn Close, Steven Spielberg’s longtime co-producer Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn and Alan Moloney will produce with the support of the Irish Film Board.