in “The Honourable Woman
is stepping into the classroom. The Oscar-nominated actress has signed on to topline “The Kindergarten Teacher,” a film based on a critically acclaimed 2014 Israeli drama of the same name. Deadline reports that “Little Accidents
” writer-director Sara Colangelo
is adapting the script and will helm the project.
” star will play Lisa Spinelli, a Staten Island-based teacher who feels increasingly numb as a result of thinking that her life is mundane. “When she discovers what may be a prodigious five-year old poet in her class, she becomes obsessed with the child and his talent — risking her career, family, and freedom,” Deadline summarizes.
Scheduled to start filming July 10 in New York, the feature is being produced by Gyllenhaal, Pie Films
’ Talia Kleinhendler
, and Maven Pictures
co-founders Trudie Styler
and Celine Rattray
Gyllenhaal is a three-time Golden Globe nominee who won in 2015 for her role in Sundance TV’s miniseries “The Honourable Woman
.” She also earned an Emmy nod for the role. Gyllenhaal received an Oscar nod in 2010 for “Crazy Heart
Back in 2015 the “Secretary
” star made headlines for speaking candidly about aging in Hollywood. “I’m 37, and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55,” she said. “It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh.” But the actress and producer is ultimately optimistic about women’s roles in the industry. “A lot of actresses are doing incredible work right now, playing real women, complicated women,” she emphasized at the time. “I don’t feel despairing at all. And I’m more looking with hope for something fascinating.”Maggie Gyllenhaal
to Star in Sara Colangelo
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