Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy will star in the romantic comedy Hysteria, a tale that charts the invention of the vibrator in Victorian England which Paris-based Elle Driver is selling internationally. Forthcoming Films, Beachfront Films and Informant Media are behind the picture, Screen reports.
The screenplay by Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer will be directed by Tanya Wexler. Other cast includes Jonathan Pryce and Rupert Everett. Tom Ortenberg's One Way Out Media represents North American rights. Forthcoming Films' Sarah Curtis, Beachfront Films' Tracey Becker and Informant Media's Judy Cairo are producing. Shooting is to start in London and Luxembourg in October.
Per Screen, Dancy will play the doctor Mortimer Granville who champions the vibrator while searching for a cure for a women's unexplained anger. Sparks fly when Granville is challenged by a noted female physician's daughter (Gyllenhaal) who deems the device to be frivolous.
Source: Screen Daily, Hollywood Wiretap
The Irishman, who once auditioned for Irish boyband Boyzone, stunned cast and crew with his singing skills in one scene and agreed to work with producer T-Bone Burnett on the soundtrack.
Crazy Heart producer Judy Cairo tells Eonline.com, "No one had heard him sing until he recorded with T-Bone, but we assumed if he took the role that he probably could pull it off or he wouldn't have accepted the role."
And then the humble star stunned everyone by insisting his name not be used in the marketing of the movie.
Cairo adds, "He didn't want to take the spotlight off of Jeff. Obviously this is Jeff's movie and... if Colin was more in front of it, Jeff would have to share the spotlight a little bit. He wanted to give kudos and credit to Jeff."