Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska are to star in a new adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel Carol, it’s been announced.
Directed by BAFTA winning John Crowley (Intermission, ‘Boy A’), Phyllis Nagy (Mrs Harris) has written the adaptation based on the The Talented Mr Ripley author’s novella.
The film will be produced by Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley from Number 9 Films, and co-developed and co-financed by Film4. Filming starts February 2013 in London and New York.
Carol is a love story about pursuit, betrayal and passion that follows the burgeoning relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York.
One, a girl in her twenties working in a department store who dreams of a more fulfilling life, and the other, a wife trapped in a loveless, moneyed marriage desperate to break free but fearful of losing her daughter in the process.
Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley at Number 9 Films commented: “We are thrilled to be working with Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska, two of the most talented actors working today, in this striking adaptation of one of the twentieth century’s most iconic writers, Patricia Highsmith.
“To be re-united with highly talented individuals, director John Crowley and writer Phylis Nagy is a testament to the quality of the project. We are delighted to have such a gifted team on board.”
Tessa Ross at Film4 commented: “Carol is a beautiful and heart-breaking story and it’s a testament to the talents of Phyllis and John that we’ve attracted actresses of Cate and Mia’s calibre to star at the heart of it.
“We are delighted to be working with Liz and Stephen at Number 9 to help put together what promises to be a truly wonderful film.”