Neeson, Richardson sign for ‘Therese’

The film world’s latest golden couple, Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson, have signed to star in a movie version of Emile Zola’s novel “Therese Raquin.”

The project will be helmed by first-timer David Leveaux, who directed Neeson and Richardson in the Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s “Anna Christie,” for which all three received Tony nominations.

It is being developed by Channel 4 in the U.K., and will be co-produced by Zenith Prods. The producer is Linda Reisman, whose credits include two Paul Schrader pix, “Comfort of Strangers” and “Light Sleeper.”

Richardson and Neeson, Oscar-nominated for “Schindler’s List,” are about to star together for the first time in “Nell,” from Jodie Foster’s Egg Pictures, which is currently in pre-production and will be directed by Michael Apted.

“Therese Raquin” is still in the early stages of development, and is expected to shoot early next year in Ireland. It is the story of a woman who murders her husband to be with her lover but eventually commits suicide.

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