It’s nearly time for Cannes, and the lead-up to one of the industry’s biggest events comes more casting news. Today we’re hearing that Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) and Isla Fisher (Now You See Me) have signed on to star alongside Kate Winslet and Judy Davis in period drama, The Dressmaker.
While no further details have been released on which roles the pair will tackle, the plot itself sounds like the stuff of awards gold. Based on the novel by Rosalie Ham, the story follows Tilly (Winslet), a woman who returns to her hometown after she and her mother fled (because she was accused of murder) when she was a child. No doubt her return is bound to ruffle the feathers of her detractors – whom she wows with her big city wit and unusual fashion. It’s not long before Tilly’s on a revenge kick to bring justice to those who doubted her.
Direction will come from Jocelyn Moorhouse, known for introspective dramas Proof and How To Make An American Quilt, who will put an end to nearly a decade sabbatical when she gets behind the camera. When asked about the project, she told Screen Daily:
“The cast is extraordinary. Kate Winslet is perfect for Tilly. She’s beautiful, intelligent, and deeply mysterious on screen. Judy Davis is amongst the great contemporary actresses and she will bring powerful wit and charm to the role of Molly. Liam Hemsworth is a laid back, genuine charmer who’s also tall, dark and movie-star handsome. He’ll create a character for the audience to fall in love with.”
The film was originally slated to commence shooting last year as the news of Winslet signing on broke last May, quickly followed in June by news of Judy Davis’ involvement. It would appear today’s news has pumped a bit of fresh life into the project.
The Dressmaker is set to begin filming in Victoria, Australia this coming October.
Source: Screen Daily