Producer-distributor LD Entertainment is planning a fall festival run and a September 27, 2013 release for Therese, directed and written by Charlie Stratton and starring Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange and Oscar Isaac.
An Oscar campaign is also planned for the romantic thriller based on the Emile Zola novel Therese Raquin, which is set in the lower depths of 1860s Paris. Therese (Olsen) is a sexually repressed woman trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin Camille (Felton) by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin (Lange). After she meets her husband’s alluring friend, Laurent (Isaac), she embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences.
Shirley Henderson, John Kavanagh, Mackenzie Crook and Matt Lucas co-star. LD’s Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon produced the pic with William Horberg. Exclusive Media is repping international rights.
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Oscar Isaac has landed one of the lead roles in the adaptation of Emile Zola’s novel Therese Raquin. The dark thriller stars Elizabeth Olsen as a young woman in 1867 Paris whose aunt, Madame Raquin, is forcing her into an arranged marriage with her rich, but sickly, first cousin (Tom Felton). As Therese soon becomes obsessed with Laurent, a friend of her husband’s, a devastating affair ensues with a very heavy price. Deadline reports that Isaac will take on the role of Laurent, and while we previously had Glenn Close attached to play Olsen’s aunt, Deadline’s report now says that Jessica Lange has the role.
Tom Felton is in negotiations to star opposite Elizabeth Olsen and Glenn Close in Therese Raquin. Written and set to be helmed by acclaimed theater director Charlie Stratton, the film’s being produced by William Horberg and Mickey Liddell. Close is attached for the role of Madame Raquin, and Olsen for Therese, who, with her lover Laurent, murder her husband (Felton), a sick boy that Madame Raquin forced Therese to marry. After Therese later marries her true love, the couple is haunted by the ghost of the dead husband and it poisons their love into all-consuming hatred.
Exclusive Media is to handle international sales on Thérèse, the upcoming romantic thriller starring Glenn Close, Elizabeth Olsen and Tom Felton with a male lead soon to be announced.
The film, set to start shooting in the spring and being presented to buyers at this week’s European Film Market, is based on Emile Zola’s novel Thérèse Raquin – about obsessive love and murder in 1860s Paris – and Neal Bell’s 1991 play of the same name.
Charlie Stratton, who directed Bell’s play in Los Angeles in 1995, will write and direct the film as his feature debut. Mickey Liddell and Bill Horberg will produce.
LD Entertainment, the new venture headed by David Dinerstein, will distribute in the US. Dinerstein negotiated the international rights deal with Exclusive Media’s president, international sales and distribution, Alex Walton.
Guy East, Exclusive Media’s co-chairman, said “I am very proud to be looking after the international licensing of this rich and powerful film for my friends Mickey, Bill and David. History has proved that the story captivates the audience and we have some very exciting marketing plans.”
Walton added: “Thérèse is a gripping and seductive story about forbidden love that we have not seen since Fatal Attraction or Dangerous Liaisons..”
Liddell and Dinerstein commented: “Charlie has such intimate knowledge of this vibrant material, having successfully directed the stage play, that I can think of no better director to be helming the feature film.”
Horberg, of Wonderful Films, added: “I am thrilled to continue my relationship with Mickey Liddell and his team, and to be working with a group of filmmakers who are also financing production.”
A few rows back, actress Elizabeth Olsen recounted a film schedule that should have her earning tons of air miles. She’s just back from the Sundance Film Festival for the screening of two movies: “Red Lights,” opposite Robert De Niro and Cillian Murphy, and “Liberal Arts,” in which she plays an undergraduate student. “It got a standing ovation, and it’s a comedy,” she marveled about the latter film.
Next up is a project with a French accent: “Therese Raquin,” a period film set in 1884 and also starring Glenn Close. “I am so excited,” Olsen enthused. “Our costume designer is in Paris, so I’m going for fittings.” Filming is to take place in Hungary and Serbia.
And there’s also a video where she talks about her other movie Kill Your Darlings, and working with Daniel Radcliffe.