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In a bizarre bit of casting news, Little Britain comedian Matt Lucas has just become the latest addition to the erotic thriller Thérèse Raquin. Based on the popular Émile Zola novel, the drama will unfold in 17th century France, unveiling the twisted story of the eponymous young woman who was urged into marrying her feeble first cousin by a high-handed aunt. Once trapped in a loveless marriage, she begins to pine for her new husband's childhood friend, Laurent, and their resulting passion soon leads down a dark path. Rising starlet and media darling Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) will front the feature as Thérèse, while Harry Potter's Tom Felton and Sucker Punch's Oscar Isaac will play her husband-cousin and secret lover respectively. Oscar-winner Jessica Lange has recently stepped in to take on the role of the overbearing auntie, and EW reports Lucas has joined the »
Set in 17th century France, director Charlie Stratton’s adaptation of the Emile Zola novel and play Thérèse Raquin follows the title character (Elizabeth Olsen), who is stuck in a loveless marriage with her sickly first cousin (Harry Potter’s Tom Felton). The union was arranged under the watchful eye of her oppressive aunt, Madame Raquin (Jessica Lange). When Therese enters an affair with her husband’s friend Laurent (Drive’s Oscar Isaac), it plunges everyone’s lives into a tragic downward spiral, »
- Adam B. Vary
After a breakout year in 2011 courtesy of "Martha Marcy May Marlene," up-and-coming actress Elizabeth Olsen is planning for 2012 to be a "year of firsts": "my first time portraying a real-life person," "my first period piece," and "for the first time in my life, I'm putting work first."
"I'm just really excited to work," Olsen told The Playlist while doing press rounds for "Silent House." "And it's a rollercoaster."
Olsen -- who was juggling her studies at Nyu when she shot "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and "Silent House" (as well as "Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding" arriving this summer), hasn't been in front of cameras for anything since finishing "Liberal Arts" in July. But she is now taking a break from school so she can shoot her next three films: Beat-era drama/murder mystery "Kill Your Darlings," period drama "Thérèse Raquin," and coming-of-age tale "Very Good Girls." She has two classes »
- Jen Vineyard
Thérèse Raquin, the period drama that Elizabeth Olsen and Glenn Close are teaming up for, has got some new casting news. In case you don’t remember, Thérèse Raquin is an adaptation of an Émile Zola story penned and set to be directed by Charlie Stratton. It tells the story of a Parisian girl in 1867 who is forced into a loveless marriage with her sniveling, weakling cousin at the behest of her domineering aunt. Eventually the girl, Thérèse, becomes enamored of one of her husband’s friends, and then murder and infidelity ensue. Olsen, of course, it set to play the young girl, and Close the aunt. But what of the two male characters? Originally I tried to spread the false rumor that Giovanni Ribisi would be playing the sickly husband, but thankfully nobody pays attention to what I say and the rumor didn’t spread. Now the role actually is in the process of being cast »
- Nathan Adams
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share with you today. First up, Harry Potter star Tom Felton set to join the cast of Therese Raquin. Based on the 19th century novel and play by Emile Zola, the dark thriller revolves around young Therese (Elizabeth Olsen) in 1867 Paris, whose aunt, Madame Raquin (Glenn Close), is forcing her into an arranged marriage with her rich, but sickly, first cousin. As Therese soon becomes obsessed with Laurent, a friend of her husband, a devastating affair ensues with a very heavy price. Deadline reports that Felton is in talks to play Therese’s sickly cousin whom she marries. Theater director Charlie Stratton is set to helm, and the dramatic role is a nice get for Felton. It’s a wise decision, as the “sickly cousin” plays against the nefarious type that Felton is surely wary of being typecast as. Additionally, Thor »
- Adam Chitwood
5 items from 2012
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