Writer / Director Sarah polley directs an adaptation of Miriam Toews‘bestselling novel women talking, which now has a full cast with seasoned actors, as well as new faces.
MGM’s Orion Pictures and Plan B Entertainment cast Claire Foy, Jessie buckley, Rooney mara, and Ben Whishaw alongside the central Francoise McDormand, who joined the film last year. New arrivals August Winter, Liv McNeil, and Kate hallett also complete the cast with their first feature films.
Deadline has news of the new cast for the film, which is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Miriam Toews And “follows a group of women to an isolated religious colony as they struggle to reconcile their faith with a series of sexual assaults by men in the colony.” Published in 2018, Toews’ novel was named Best Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, NPR.Org, The Washington Post, Time, and others.
The additions of Claire Foy and Rooney Mara, in particular, are exciting decisions as the two actresses have touched on this kind of heartbreaking subject before. In Steven Soderbergh’s 2018 film Foolish, Foy brilliantly played a young woman who is relentlessly hunted down and gassed by the same medical professionals she thought she could trust. Mara also gave a superb performance as Lisbeth Salander in The girl with the dragon tattoo, where she took brutal revenge on her attacker. Her performance was powerful and memorable, earning her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
Winters, McNeil and Hallett all make their debuts with women talking is a daring and festive choice. Given the sensitive subject matter, it’s heartwarming to know that actresses don’t necessarily play it safe with their first feature film.
Sarah Polley’s transition from actress to director seems to be perfect for working with these ladies as well. Many moviegoers know Polley for her lead role as Ana in Dawn of the dead, but she went on to win an Oscar nomination for her first feature film screenplay Far from Her, which she also realized. Polley’s natural talent and ability to translate onscreen emotions and lean into subversive techniques make women talking all the more enticing.
women talking Seems like it could be an intense and potentially triggering experience for some. With the recent success of Emerald Fennell Promising young woman, I hope the survivor stories continue the conversation about sexual assault and raise awareness. The female characters of women talking will hopefully have complex layers since religion and notions of violation will be so heavily involved. I can also imagine that gas lighting is almost as cult.
Of course, I’m also very excited to have Frances McDormand on board, as few performers capture the pain and the force so well.. The title of the film says it all: to keep fighting for change, women must keep talking.
A production start date has yet to be decided, but the film is slated to hit theaters through MGM’s United Artists Releasing arm.
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