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Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce & Christian Slater begin filming The Wife



Principal photography on The Wife, which stars six-time Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol I & II, Damages, Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons, Fatal Attraction), begins today.

Glenn Close is joined by co-star Jonathan Pryce (Taboo, Wolf Hall, Game of Thrones, Pirates of the Caribbean), Christian Slater (Mr. Robot, Nymphomaniac: Vol I & II, True Romance), Annie Starke (Bastards, Albert Nobbs), Max Irons (Woman in Gold, Terminal) and Harry Lloyd (Anthropoid, The Theory of Everything, The Iron Lady).

The Wife, with its wise and provocative tone, is a story built around a moment of revelation for Joan Castleman (Close), who is married to one of those men (Pryce) who own the world…and who has no idea how to take care of himself or anyone else! He is also one of America’s pre-eminent novelists, about to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature; and the flawlessly gracious Joan, who has spent forty years ignoring her own literary talents to fan the flames of his career, has finally decided to stop. The Wife charts the course of a famous marriage and what has brought them to this breaking point. It raises intriguing questions about the nature of partnership and the precarious position of an ambitious woman in a man’s world, culminating in a surprising and unforgettable conclusion that outs a carefully kept secret.

The Wife is produced by Rosalie Swedlin, Meta Louise Foldager, Piers Tempest, Piodor Gustafsson and Claudia Bluemhuber. London-based Embankment Films has secured multiple pre-sales throughout international territories and brokered the financing for the film, provided by Silver Reel, Creative Scotland, Film Väst, Chimney, the Swedish Film Institute and SF Studios.

Embankment’s Tim Haslam comments, “The Wife celebrates a woman who takes back the power that she should rightfully possess – in a thought-provoking, witty, dignified and graceful manner; and with a ‘twist’ ending that you really don’t see coming. The Wife is for a cinema audience stimulated by powerful, intimate and award-winning performance at the highest level.”

Swedish director Björn Runge (De Blaue Engel, Daybreak), winner of Berlin’s Silver Bear and two Swedish Academy Awards, directs from a screenplay by award-winning screenwriter Jane Anderson (Olive Kitteridge, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio), adapted from Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel.

Says producer Meta Louise Foldager of the filmmaker “Björn is one of Sweden’s most respected writer-directors who inspired us with his film Daybreak, showcasing his ability to draw extraordinary performances from his actors, and match the emotional high stakes and family dynamics of The Wife”.

Runge adds “Glenn’s an actress that we all greatly admire, an icon who has for years captivated audiences with her grace and incisive performances. In The Wife she’s the emotional axis for many women of every generation, and we will celebrate her character’s self-determination, humour and strength. We’re thrilled to partner Glenn with such a strong counterpoint in Jonathan, and support them with a vibrant young cast.”

Of her casting as the eponymous Joan, Close comments, “I have never played a character like Joan Castleman and am thrilled by the prospect of bringing her to life. I have huge admiration for Jonathan Pryce’s sublime talent and am honoured to be partnering with him in The Wife. The story is arresting and the characters are artists of the highest order—complex, passionate, flawed and movingly human. I adore Jane Anderson’s writing and look forward to being guided by Björn Runge.”

Rosalie Swedlin (Laggies, Cracks, Red Corner) produces for Anonymous Content, Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen (A Royal Affair, Melancholia, Antichrist) for Meta Film, Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford for Tempo Productions (Churchill, The Journey, Robot Overlords) and Piodor Gustaffson for Spark Film and Television.

Principal photography commences on 31st October 2016 on location across Scotland and Stockholm, for seven weeks.

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