EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds), Stranger Issues and Maestro star Maya Hawke, Cannes Finest Actor winner John Turturro (Severance), and Emmy winner Jon Hamm (Mad Males) are set to star in Oscar-nominated director Stephen Frears’ (The Queen) Wilder & Me, which might be a buzzy bundle at this month’s EFM market.
Hawke will play Calista, a younger musician whose life takes on an entire new that means whereas engaged on the set of Billy Wilder’s movie Fedora. Waltz will play legendary movie director Wilder, identified for classics together with Some Like It Scorching, Sundown Boulevard and The Condominium. Turturro will play his lifelong good friend and screenwriting companion I.A.L. Diamond. Hamm will play famed actor William Holden.
Described as a “bittersweet drama”, the undertaking has been tailored for the display by two-time Oscar winner Christopher Hampton (The Father) with Oscar winner Jeremy Thomas (The Final Emperor) producing and shoot scheduled for early 2025 in Greece.
CAA Media Finance, which is arranging financing for the movie, represents the North American rights, with HanWay Movies dealing with the remainder of the world.
Primarily based on Jonathan Coe’s well-liked novel Mr Wilder and Me, the undertaking reunites Hampton and Frears once more after Harmful Liaisons and Cheri.
The story begins out throughout a heady Greek summer season, and sees Calista fall in love with cinema and life on a journey of self-discovery. Thrilled by her new journey, Calista follows Wilder to Munich and Paris to proceed the shoot with main actor William Holden, and experiences her past love. Realising his star is on the wane, Wilder navigates the altering world of cinema within the twilight of his profession, whereas Calista’s profession is simply starting. The time she spends on this glamorous, unfamiliar new life will change her perpetually.
The plan is for the manufacturing to utilize among the Greek areas initially utilized by Wilder. Jeremy Thomas is producing for his Recorded Image Firm banner, marking his second movie with Frears after their cult thriller The Hit. Thomas additionally collaborated with Hampton on David Cronenberg’s A Harmful Methodology.
Frears stated as we speak: “This is the most wonderful project. Wilder was sharp, clever and very very funny. And he directed Marilyn Monroe twice! Christoph Waltz will be magnificent. I always go by the script and this one is terrific.”
Hampton added: “Wilder And Me is the story of veteran film-makers in the 1970s, beginning to realise the extent of the changes within the industry and the ways in which they have failed to move with the times; it’s about the memories that haunt an émigré on his return to the boneyard of Europe; and it shows how an open-minded younger generation can draw inspiration from the giants of the past.”
Jeremy Thomas commented: “Billy Wilder has filled us all with the joy of cinema with some of the most memorable movies ever made. Told through the eyes of a young woman on the set of one of Billy’s last films, our story shows why they still hold so much magic.”
Gabrielle Stewart of HanWay famous: “It is always exciting to announce such a big package with award winning talent both in front and behind the camera such as Waltz, Turturro, Frears and Hampton. And at its heart, Maya Hawke is the perfect actress to take us on a magical journey of self-discovery and first love on the set of a legendary film director.”
Christoph Waltz is represented by Adam Schweitzer, Dar Rollins and Layne Murrow at CAA. Maya Hawke is represented by Franklin Latt, Andrea Weintraub, Peter Levine and Ruby Kaye at CAA, and managed by Liza Zusman and Jason Weintraub at Untitled Leisure. John Turturro is represented by UTA and George Sheanshang. Jon Hamm is represented by Chris Andrews and Ryan Abboushi at CAA.