Brit thesp Stuart Wilson will join Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley in helmer Roman Polanski’s screen version of Ariel Dorfman’s play “Death and the Maiden.”
The drama is about a marriage that becomes strained when the wife is confronted with a man she is convinced tortured and brutalized her when she was in jail years earlier.
She submits the suspect to a mental degradation he may or may not deserve.
Wilson is cast as Weaver’s husband, while Kingsley portrays the suspected tormentor from a military junta. Wilson’s deal, which closed Friday night, was negotiated by Leslie Latkin Siebert and David Guc from the Gersh Agency.
The pic, which is prepping in Paris and Spain for an eight-week shoot, does not have U.S. or overseas distrib deals.
“Death” will be produced for Capitol Films by Thom Mount and Bonnie Timmermann; the latter is known stateside as an A-list casting director. Capitol will also finance.
Wilson next appears with Ray Liotta in the Allied Filmmakers/Savoy sci-fi adventure “Penal Colony” for producer Gale Anne Hurd and helmer Martin Campbell. In Savoy’s July rollout “Exit to Eden,” Wilson is featured with Dan Aykroyd, Rosie O’Donnell and Iman.
Wilson previously discarded his British accent to play the murderous renegade cop Jack Travis in “Lethal Weapon 3” and has worked in Britain for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
When “Death” preemed in 1992 at a Gotham showcase theater, the roles were filled by Glenn Close, Gene Hackman as the suspect and Richard Dreyfuss as the husband.