Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater join Glenn Close for The Wife
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Award-winning Swedish director Björn Runge returns to the screen with a relationship drama filming from next week in Scotland
UPDATE (27 October 2016): After five years, during which time he has concentrated on theatre and writing (including his first novel), Swedish director Björn Runge will next week (31 October) start the Scottish shoot for his new film The Wife [+see also:
interview: Björn Runge
film profile], adapted from US author Meg Wolitzer’s best-selling 2003 novel. Headed by US actress Glenn Close, the international cast now comprises Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater, with Annie Starke, Max Irons and Harry Lloyd. The project is being staged by US producer Rosalie Swedlin (Anonymous Content), with Danish producer Meta Louise Foldager (Meta Film), British producers Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford (Tempo Productions), Swedish producer Piodor Gustafsson (Spark Film & Television) and Swiss producer Claudia Bluemhuber, in collaboration with Swedish regional film centre Film Väst, among others. The UK’s Embankment Films handles international sales for the movie, which is slated for a 2017 premiere.
Scripted by award-winning US screenwriter Jane Anderson (The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom), The Wife is a drama observing the relationship of a married couple as it falls apart during their trip to the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm.
“When I first read it, I was instantly inspired by the story of love, creativity and the larger-than-life secret that Joan and Joe, the main characters, are sharing. With Glenn Close, I am convinced that directing the film will be a creatively wonderful and challenging experience,” said Runge.
Six times nominated for an Oscar, including for her roles in Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Fatal Attraction (1987), The Big Chill (1983) and The World According to Garp (1982), Close has already performed in four films this year, and she will shortly start the fifth, US director Stephen Herek’s The Great Gilly Hopkins.
Runge’s Daybreak (2003) won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and received two Guldbagge Awards, Sweden’s national film prize. His Mouth to Mouth [+see also:
film profile] (2005) was nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize, and he most recently made Happy End [+see also:
film profile] (2011), which was also awarded a Guldbagge.
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