[x115] Public Appearances > 2011 > November 15: Almodovar MoMA Film Benefit
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The international rights to Josh Radnor’s upcoming drama ‘Liberal Arts’ have been acquired by Hyde Park International (HPI). The director, who also wrote and stars in, the light-hearted film, which features an ensemble cast, including Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney and Zac Efron.
‘Liberal Arts’ follows Radnor’s character, Jesse Fisher, who returns to his alma mater for a professor’s retirement dinner. While there, he discovers that live is passing him by. He falls for a 19-year-old coed, played by Olsen, and must contend with the attraction that forms between them.
Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra and Lauren Munsch of BCDF Pictures produced ‘Liberal Arts’ with Radnor and Jesse Hara. Ruzanna Kegeyan, the president of HPI, a foreign sales company, will be in charge of securing the sales for ‘Liberal Arts’ at the upcoming American Film Market.
As two leading contenders for this season’s Best Actress awards, Albert Nobbs star Glenn Close and Martha Marcy May Marlene breakout Elizabeth Olsen will definitely be seeing a lot of each other over the next few months. And after the awards season ends, the pair will go head-to-head for the period drama Therese Raquin. A source close to the production tells EW exclusively that Close and Olsen will costar in the film, based on the 19th century novel and play by Emile Zola. It’s set to shoot in the spring.
Described as a dark, erotic thriller, the film, set in Paris in 1867, follows young Therese (Olsen), who is forced by her aunt, Madame Raquin (Close), into a loveless marriage to her sick, spoiled first cousin. Therese soon becomes obsessed with her husband’s friend Laurent and is pulled into a devastating affair with him that unravels all of their lives. Close has been attached to the project for years; the role of Laurent has yet to be cast.
Therese Raquin will be directed by Charlie Stratton, who also wrote the screenplay adaptation. The film is being produced by Mickey Liddell (The Grey) and William Horberg (The Kite Runner).
Writer-director Akiva Goldsman is trying to move forward on his passion project Winter’s Tale, a period reincarnation story that is set up at Warner Bros. Chemistry reads involving Tom Hiddleston (Loki in Marvel’s Thor) and Benjamin Walker (the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) are scheduled for this weekend as all are said to be in the mix for the male role of a criminal on the run. For the female part of a terminally ill woman, the list includes Bella Heathcote (on screen currently in In Time), Elizabeth Olsen, Gabriele Wilde (Three Musketeers) and Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method). Russell Crowe is loosely attached as the villain, although the entire project may hinge on it finding a third-party financier.