She’s always up to something fun, and today (June 21) Michelle Williams dropped by “CBS This Morning” to chat about her new film “Take This Waltz.”
The “My Week with Marilyn” actress looked gorgeous as she talked about the over-arching theme of the much-anticipated flick.
Michelle began, “I always thought about it as a sort of coming of age story, a different kind of coming of age, a kind of unsung period of your life, when you’re making the transition from being a girl into being a woman, and this sort of on-the-cusp kind of thing when you’re trying to leave behind childish things and it’s really a last step into an adult life.”
As for her character’s conundrum, “I thought of it as a kind of, as a struggle between her selfish side, her pleasurable side, and her moral side.”
Per the synopsis, “Take This Waltz” is about “a happily married woman who falls for the artist across the street.”
Michelle, Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Chris Rock & co. "circling" roles in Les Intouchables English-Language remake. [via ny post]
“Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig is moving into dramatic territory with an American remake of the French smash “The Intouchables,” and buzz is building over who will take on the role that won Omar Sy the French equivalent of a Best Actor Oscar. We hear stars circling the role in the Weinstein Co. film include Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx and Idris Elba from “The Wire.” The story follows a wealthy, disabled man who hires a commoner caretaker. Sources say “Lawless” star Jessica Chastain and Michelle Williams of “My Week With Marilyn” are in the mix for the female lead. The movie’s original French version, which is now playing in the States, hauled in $349 million internationally.
Legend Liv Ullmann To Helm An Adaptation Of Classic Swedish Play Miss Julie With Michelle Williams Attached To Star. [via the playlist]
It's been over a decade since Ingmar Bergman muse Liv Ullmann has been behind the camera with the actress-director staying relatively quiet throughout featuring only in a handful of film roles as well. Color us surprised as hell then when Ullmann revealed plans of a comeback in a recent interview in the Boston Globe noting that she'll be "doing a movie next year in Ireland as a director."
That interview failed to detail the project any further but, with a little digging, we were surprised to uncover very exciting news. Firstly, an article dating back to December 2011 revealed that Ullmann was scouting Ireland as a potential location for an adaptation of August Strindberg's classic Swedish play "Froken Julie" (or "Miss Julie") -- a fascinating, controversial work exploring power, sexuality, class, identity, love and gender set in 1874 which will see Ullmann "use Irish actors as servants and British as the masters of the house."
Perhaps just as exciting as Ullmann's return with such strong material, though, is news that she may have one of the best actresses of this generation on board to star. Scandanavian publication VG casually noted last year that the British-American adaptation already had Michelle Williams locked in, despite the brief mention, it sounds like it's been something the two have been developing for quite some time.
A Vogue profile celebrating William's performance in "My Week With Marilyn" last fall mentioned that "one of her idols, an actress turned director whose memoir Williams had been carrying around with her wherever she went, offered her a role in an upcoming film adaptation of a nineteenth-century stage classic." At the time, though, the actress asked Vogue to withhold the details as the project was "just too precious" to her but the publication did tease readers by saying of all the movies Williams has made about relationships, this one "turns out the worst."
We're short of finding a picture of Williams carrying around an Ullmann biography but an actress-turned-director (Yes) helming a 19th century stage classic (Yes) that has a tragic love story as its heart (Yes)? That's 3/3.
Strindberg's play follows the titular character as she navigates her way through the oppressive society and begins a relationship with a senior servant at her father's estate. The play has seen several adaptations in the past including a Alf Sjöberg-helmed 1951 Swedish-language version, a 1987 television adaptation starring Janet McTeer and a 1999 film by Mike Figgis starring Saffron Burrows and Peter Mullan.