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Blanchett, Wasikowska come a-‘Carol’-ing

John Crowley to helm adaptation of Highsmith novel

Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska are to star in “Carol,” an adaptation of best-selling author Patricia Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt.”

The pic will be directed by John Crowley (“Intermission,” “Boy A”).

Phyllis Nagy (“Mrs. Harris”) pens the adaptation of the love story that follows the burgeoning relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York.

One is a girl in her 20s working in a department store who dreams of a more fulfilling life, while the other, is a wife trapped in a loveless, moneyed marriage desperate to break free but fearful of losing her daughter in the process.

Number 9 Films’ Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley will produce “Carole” while HanWay Films will shop international sales at the Cannes Film Festival.

Film4, the pic financing arm of Channel 4, is co-developing and co-financing the project, which is set to lense in February in London and New York.

Highsmith wrote “The Price of Salt,” her second novel, under the pseudonym Claire Morgan in 1952.

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