Liddell, Roadside nab ‘Albert Nobbs’

Period pic stars Glenn Close, Rodrigo Garcia at helm

Glenn Close starrer “Albert Nobbs” has been acquired for the U.S. by Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions.

“Mother and Child” helmer Rodrigo Garcia directs.

Story’s character was created in the George Moore novella “The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs” about a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Dublin. Close won an Obie Award in 1982 for playing the Nobbs character Off Broadway in Simone Benmussa’s theatrical interpretation of the Moore novella.

Garcia directed from a script that Gabriella Prekop, John Banville and Glenn Close wrote based on a story by Istvan Szabo, adapted from the Moore novella. “Albert Nobbs” is Close’s first screenplay credit and her feature film producing debut.

The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Janet McTeer, Pauline Collins, Brenda Fricker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Brendan Gleeson. Producers are Close, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn and Alan Moloney. Production companies are Trillium Prods., Mockingbird Pictures and Parallel Film Prods., with support from WestEnd Films and Chrysalis Films, as well as the participation of the Irish Film Board.

Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions will co-venture on a fall release. The companies also released “Biutiful” last year. WestEnd is handling international sales.

Liddell and attorney Chad Reineke negotiated for Liddell Entertainment. Cohen negotiated on behalf of Roadside Attractions. CAA represented the filmmakers.

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