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Glenn Close Heading to Sweden to Star in ‘The Wife’

Glenn Close will star in the title role of “The Wife,” based on Meg Wolitzer’s novel about a marriage collapsing during a journey to Scandinavia.

The film will be directed by Swedish director Bjorn Runge and shot in Sweden next winter and spring. Producers are Rosalie Swedlin for Anonymous Content together with Meta Louise Foldager for Meta Film Stockholm and Swedish producers Maria Dahlin and Gila Ulfung.

Producers are starting the process of casting the male lead.

Wolitzer’s novel, published in 2003, centers on a 64-year-old woman deciding to leave her novelist husband during a trip to receive the fictional Helsinki Prize. Jane Anderson’s adaptation shifts the setting to Stockholm during the couple’s journey to the Nobel Award ceremony in Stockholm.

The film will shoot primarily in Stockholm in both English and Swedish languages.

“The first time I read ‘The Wife,’ I was instantly inspired by the story of love, creativity and a secret larger than life in itself that the main characters, Joan and Joe, are carrying,” Runge said. “After meeting the amazing Glenn Close, I was convinced that directing this film would be a creatively wonderful and challenging experience.”

Close has been nominated for six Oscars and completed roles in four upcoming films — “Low Down,” “5 to 7,” “Anesthesia” and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” She will begin shooting “The Great Gilly Hopkins” this month.

Runge’s directing credits include “Daybreak,” “Mouth to Mouth” and “Happy End.”

Anderson won an Emmy and WGA Award for “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom” and recently adapted “Olive Kitteridge”as a four-part mini-series for HBO.

Foldager produced “A Royal Affair” and Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist” and “Melancholia.” Swedlin produced “Red Corner,” “Clockers” and Lynn Shelton’s “Laggies,” to be released this fall by A24.

 

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