Ealing to open Wilde adaptation next fall
LONDON — Fast-rising Brit thesp Rebecca Hall has joined the cast of Ealing Studios’ Oscar Wilde bigscreen adaptation “Dorian Gray.”Hall has been turning heads for her perf in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and appears in the upcoming political drama, “Frost/Nixon.” As previously announced, Oliver Parker-directed “Dorian Gray” toplines Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray and also stars Colin Firth. Ealing’s Barnaby Thompson produces. Other cast members announced Aug. 7 are Ben Chaplin, Emilia Fox, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Fiona Shaw, Maryam D’Abo, Pip Torrens, Douglas Henshall, Caroline Goodall, Michael Culkin, Johnny Harris and newcomer Max Irons, son of Jeremy Irons. Parker and Thompson reunite for “Gray” following successful previous collaborations on Wilde adaptations “The Importance of Being Earnest” (2002) and “An Ideal Husband” (1999). “Dorian Gray” is an Ealing Studios presentation of a Fragile Film backed by Prescience, Aramid and the U.K. Film Council. Pic will be released in Blighty in fall 2009 via Momentum Pictures. International sales, which have already been fairly frenetic, are being handled by Ealing Studios Intl.