Actress Glenn Close is set to star as Russian Duchess impostor Anastasia. The Fatal Attraction star has been cast as Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be the Grand Russian royal, in a film titled Duchess.
Close will be reunited with The Chumscrubber director Arie Posin, as well as producers Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn, who were the filmmakers behind Close's Albert Nobbs.
Duchess is poised to be a dark road trip comedy based on the true story of Anderson and her final days with her husband Jack Manahan. After a judge sentenced Anderson to a retirement home in Virginia in 1983, Manahan helped her escape and the couple embarked on a honeymoon they were never able to have.
Last year, we got word that Diane Keaton was joining Ed Harris for the romantic comedy The Look of Love—but now, Hollywood.com has learned that the movie recently swapped one legendary actress for another.
Stepping in to fill Keaton's shoes is Annette Bening, who was most recently nominated for her work in the indie dramedy The Kids Are All Right. Bening will play Niki, a widow who falls for a new man who looks identical to her deceased husband. Harris is still on board the project, as well as writer/director Arie Posin. Funnyman Robin Williams has also joined the cast.
Posin's previous film The Chumscrubber dabbled in serious issues while delivering on the laughs and The Look of Love sounds like could do more of the same. Even in her older years, Bening has continued to take risks and draw comedy out of the heaviest situations, making her a perfect fit for the role (we love Diane Keaton, but she doesn't exactly have the same danger). The Look of Love is aiming for a Spring shoot and should find its way into theaters in 2013.
Harris will play a man who resembles Keaton's late husband in romance The Look of Love.
Writer/director Arie Posin insists the film will be a classic weepy: "It's about the hope that love can strike at any age, and that it's possible to love deeply, lose terribly, and still love again."