Jon Avnet is directing from a script he wrote with Eric Nazarian, adapted from biographical novel by Milton Rokeach. The story follows a doctor (played by Gere) who is treating three paranoid schizophrenic patients at the Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, each of whom believe they are Jesus Christ.
Gere came on to the project last month as Highland Film Group, which is financing, introduced it to international buyers in Cannes. CAA reps domestic rights.
Avnet will produce through his Brooklyn Films with Aaron Stern alongside Molly Hassell of Hassell Free Productions. Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier will finance and produce through Highland Film Group. CAA is repping domestic rights.
Shooting is expected to start next month in New York. Margulies will play Gere’s wife, who’s at home with two daughters after serving as his former research assistant and secretary.
Margulies won two Emmys and two SAG Awards for her role as Alicia Florrick in the CBS series “The Good Wife,” which aired its last episode last month. She also won an Emmy for her role as Carol Hathaway on “ER,” appearing on the show’s first six seasons.
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Margulies is repped by WME. The news about her casting was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.