Simmons, Wilby drawn to ‘Wreck’

Rocksavage directs English drama

LONDON — Jean Simmons and James Wilby (“Gosford Park”) will star in 1960s set family drama “The Wreck.”

Simmons plays Hannah, an elderly widower living in a large, remote house in East Anglia, England, who develops a close relationship with a mysterious young man who brings her cannabis to ease the pain of a long illness. Tensions develop when Hannah’s son (Wilby) and children come to visit and question the motives of the loner.

Simmons was Oscar nommed in 1948 for Laurence Olivier’s “Hamlet” and again in 1969 for Richard Brooks’ “The Happy Ending.”

The pic also stars former Calvin Klein model Jamie Dornan (“Marie Antoinette”) and newcomers Ophelia Lovibond and Toby Marlow.

“The Wreck” is a Giant Films/Seashell production. It reps the second feature from David Rocksavage following “Other Voices, Other Rooms” (1995).

Nick O’Hagan produces and Ivan Mactaggart exec produces the pic, which is based on a screenplay by Rocksavage and Margaret Glover.

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