Coming fresh off her head turning performance in the recently released Martha Marcy May Marlene, relative newcomer Elizabeth Olsen is now starting to line up future roles. The latest of which will be in a movie called Thérèse Raquin, which is an adaptation of an Émile Zola story that was first published as a novel in 1867 and then became a play in 1873.
The story, set in Paris in 1867, centers on a young woman named Thérèse who is forced into a loveless marriage with her first cousin by her domineering aunt Madame Raquin. Raquin’s son Camille is sickly, weak, and something of a mama’s boy, so Thérèse is anything but happy with the marriage. Sexy affairs and scandalous murder plots follow.
Joining Olsen in this new big screen adaptation will be veteran actress Glenn Close, who is also coming off of a highly regarded performance in her last film Albert Nobbs. She will be playing the role of Madame Raquin, which she has been rumored to be attached to for years now. Serving as both director and writer of the screenplay will be Charlie Stratton, who up to this point has been known mostly as an actor. This sounds like a fairly ambitious project to give a director who only has one other feature under his belt. Stratton must have wrote one killer of a screenplay to get heavyweight talents like this onboard his second big screen effort. I’ll be interested to see how this one develops. The next big questions will be who plays Camille, the sickly hubby, and who plays Laurent, the family friend who Thérèse starts an affair with. For early, made up casting rumors, let’s say Giovanni Ribisi for Camille and one of those guys from The Hunger Games for Laurent. Go forth and spread the misinformation!
Source: Inside Movies