Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as longtime gay lovers who finally tie the knot. But their idyllic situation begins to unravel when one of them then gets fired and is unable to pay the rent. The couple must move in, separately, with a nephew and his family in Brooklyn and the two gay cops next door. Marisa Tomei, Cheyenne Jackson, Darren Burrows and Charlie Tahan also star. Sony Pictures Classics releases Love Is Strange on August 22. Check out the trailer:
UPDATE, 2:58 PM: Sony Pictures Classics has confirmed Deadline’s report from yesterday, acquiring Ira Sachs’ Sundance pic Love Is Strange for North America, Germany and Scandinavia. Read the release below after the original story.
PREVIOUS, THURSDAY AM: Sony Pictures Classics is acquiring Love Is Strange, the film scripted and directed by Ira Sachs that stars Alfred Molina, John Lithgow, Marisa Tomei, Cheyenne Jackson, Darren Burrows and Charlie Tahan. The timely film is about two longtime gay lovers who finally get married. One of them then gets fired and is unable to pay the rent. The couple must move in, separately, with a nephew and his family in Brooklyn and the two gay cops next door. The film got a strong response when it premiered last Saturday at the Eccles Theater. The deal is being made by WME Global. The film also got a French distribution deal with Pretty Pictures right after its premiere. SPC previously acquired the opening-night film Whiplash, and then the comedy Land Ho!
EXCLUSIVE: Love Is Strange, the new film by Ira Sachs which made its premiere last night at Eccles and got a rousing response including standing ovations for Alfred Molina and John Lithgow, has made a deal for French distribution with Pretty Pictures in a six-figure deal. The pic is in play for a domestic deal at well.
Pretty Pictures’ Aranka Matits called the film “one of the best American independents we have seen in a long time. We were immediately taken by Ira Sachs’ elegant and poignant portrayal of human relationships. The performances are top-notch, with John Lithgow and Alfred Molina delivering understated excellence.” Fortissimo’s Matits and Nicole Mackey made the deal. Pretty Pictures’s recent releases of fest-centric films includes Winter’s Bone, Meeks Cutoff, Compliance and Detachment, and Wadjda. Next up are Dancing In Jaffa and the Jessica Chastain-starrer Miss Julie. WME Global is repping domestic rights.
Christopher Plummer Joins ‘The Forger,’ Ben McKenzie To Lead ‘The Swimmer,’ ‘Love Is Strange’ Adds Darren Burrows
Code Entertainment‘s The Forger has added Oscar winner Christopher Plummer to its cast. Plummer joins John Travolta and Tye Sheridan (Mud) in the heist pic to be helmed by Philip Martin (BBC’s Wallander). Travolta plays a former art prodigy and second generation petty thief who buys his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son. To do so he must team up with his father (Plummer) for one last job to pay back the syndicate that arranged his release. Code Entertainment’s Al Corley, Eugene Musso, and Bart Rosenblatt and Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel of The Solution Entertainment Group are producing along with Rob Carliner. Anson Downes and Linda Favila are co-exec producing. Filming begins in Boston in October. The Solution is selling international rights at Toronto; WME Global and ICM are repping domestic sales. Plummer is repped by ICM and The Pitt Group.
Southland‘s Ben McKenzie is set to star in The Swimmer, about an American extreme swimmer who sets out to conquer one of Norway’s wildest rivers and in doing so must confront his inner demons. BiFrost Pictures is financing and will produce the pic written by Bard Ivar Engelsas and directed by Richard L. Fox. The Swimmer is backed by the U.S.-Norway Film Development Project as well as the regional film funds of Norway and will also star Norwegian thesps Agnes Kittelsen and Kristoffer Joner. BiFrost’s Daniel Wagner is producing with Lisa G. Black of Garnet Girl, LLC and Brandi Savitt of Senza Pictures along with Sweet Films AS. Filming is set to begin in Norway in June 2014. McKenzie is repped by CAA and Management 360.
‘Selfless’ Adds Natalie Martinez, Manny Perez Joins ‘Love Is Strange’, ‘Jersey Boys’ Casts Kathrine Narducci
FilmDistrict and Endgame Entertainment’s Selfless has found a female lead in Natalie Martinez, who will play the wife of Ryan Reynolds‘ character in the Tarsem-helmed sci-fi thriller. Reynolds stars in the tale of a terminally ill billionaire who undergoes an experimental procedure to transfer his consciousness into the body of a younger man, only to be hunted by the killers who murdered his host. Ben Kingsley and Matthew Goode also star in the pic written by Carriers‘ Alex and David Pastor. Martinez stars on CBS’ Under the Dome and recently landed a role in WB’s Run All Night. She’s repped by Mosaic, WME, and Hansen, Jacobsen, Teller, Hoberman, and Newman.
Ira Sachs‘ Love Is Strange has added Manny Perez (Third Watch, Rescue Me) as filming continues in NYC. Perez will play Roberto, partner to Cheyenne Jackson’s character, in the drama about an older gay couple (Alfred Molina and John Lithgow) forced to live separately with friends and family shortly after they marry. Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei also star in the pic. Perez stars in 2014′s Crosstown and will appear in the upcoming season of Showtime’s Homeland. He is repped by Zimmerman Management and Don Buchwald.
Sopranos alum Kathryn Narducci …
EXCLUSIVE: Now that Ira Sachs (Keep The Lights On) has John Lithgow in place for his next feature Love Is Strange, the NYC-set drama about a recently married gay couple has added Marisa Tomei to its cast. Lithgow last month boarded the project replacing Michael Gambon, who was initially set to star opposite Alfred Molina. Lithgow and Molina will now play Ben and George, respectively, partners of 38 years who finally are able to marry only to be forced to crash separately with friends and family after they lose their apartment. Tomei will play novelist Kate, who’s married to Ben’s nephew. When crisis strikes Ben moves in with the couple. Filming begins this month in New York. Tomei just wrapped Adam Rapp’s Why Now?! opposite Sam Rockwell. She’s repped by CAA and Untitled.
EXCLUSIVE: Academy Award-nominated John Lithgow will star alongside Alfred Molina in Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange, the NYC-set drama about a just-married gay couple whose honeymoon is complicated when circumstances force them to temporarily separate. When George (Molina) loses his job, his partner of 38 years, painter Ben (Lithgow), moves in with his nephew and George with the gay cops next door. Michael Gambon was initially set to play the role of Ben before scheduling conflicts led to his departure from the project. It’s the next pic from Sachs after 2012′s award-winning Keep The Lights On and the first collaboration by longtime pals Lithgow and Molina. “We’ll be playing the main roles in the best script I’ve read in years,” said Lithgow in a statement, “a vivid portrait of marriage, with all its joy, folly, and occasional heartbreak.” Filming is set for August in NYC.
EXCLUSIVE: Cheyenne Jackson has signed on to the Ira Sachs-directed Love Is Strange, joining Michael Gambon, Alfred Molina, Kelly Reilly and Tracy Letts. Gambon and Molina play Ben and Jorge, a couple who after 38 years together finally marry at City Hall in Manhattan. Trouble begins on return from their honeymoon when Jorge gets fired and the couple is forced to temporarily separate. Ben moves in with his nephew and wife (Letts and Reilly) and Jorge with Ted (Jackson) and his partner Nahlin, both police officers. Jackson was most recently seen alongside Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Stephen Soderbergh’s Behind The Candelabra for HBO, and he will soon wrap production on the independent film adaptation of Richard Alfieri’s Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks opposite Gena Rowlands. His other film credits include United 93, Price Check, and Lola Versus and indies Mutual Friends, Beautiful Now and Lucky Stiff. On the TV side he’s appeared in 30 Rock, Glee and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Sachs also is a producer of Love Is Strange, along with Parts & Labor partners, Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy, and Lucas Joaquin. Filming is slated to begin in August in New York City. Jackson is repped by ICM Partners and The Schiff Company.