Patricia Arquette, Bel Powley and Stacy Martin Join Kirsten Dunst’s Directorial Debut ‘Bell Jar’
Patricia Arquette, Bel Powley, and Stacy Martin have joined Dakota Fanning and Jesse Plemons in the movie adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar,” which will be Kirsten Dunst’s directorial debut.
Cornerstone Films has launched foreign sales at the American Film Market. The film is going into production in early 2017.
Fanning is playing the lead role of Esther Greenwood in the film, based on Plath’s 1963 novel. Plemons will portray the Lenny Shepherd character.
Dunst has adapted the script with Nellie Kim.
Priority Pictures optioned remake rights from Studio Canal. “The Bell Jar” was made into a feature film in 1979.
Priority’s Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder, and Greg Little will produce alongside Fanning and Echo Lake Entertainment’s Brittany Kahan. Celine Rattray and Dunst are executive producing.
In the book, Greenwood takes an internship at a magazine in New York City, and then begins to suffer a mental breakdown when she returns home to Boston. The novel is the only book ever published by Plath, who committed suicide in 1963.
Arquette won the a supporting actress Oscar for “Boyhood.” Powley starred in “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” and Martin starred in “Nymphomaniac.”
Arquette is represented by the Gersh Agency and 3 Arts Entertainment. Powley is repped by UTA, The BWH Agency and Authentic Talent and Literary Management. Martin is repped by WME, 42 West, and Greg Slewett as her attorney.
Stacy Martin on sex, politics and starring alongside Robert Pattinson
She made her name in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. Now she’s starring alongside Robert Pattinson and modelling for Miu Miu. Stacy Martin talks to Hermione Eyre about sex, double standards and why she hates the red carpet
We need to get real about sex,’ exclaims Stacy Martin, tearing apart her croissant in the breakfast room of the Mandarin Oriental hotel. ‘We need to unromanticise sex a little bit. Culturally we’re shown an impossible fantasy of how women should present themselves, how they should behave with men.’
This, she explains, was why she accepted her career-making role in Lars von Tier’s Nymphomaniac — widely considered one of the most sexually explicit films ever made. ‘I think as women, we have a responsibility towards young girls growing up to say, for example: “Look, losing your virginity will suck, but it’s going to be OK, keep at it!”’
Martin may look like she is made of porcelain but she is full of fire. Today, the 25-year-old actress took a taxi from her home in Stoke Newington, though she usually gets around town on her vintage Honda motorbike. In a navy-and-white striped cowl neck, high-waisted Topshop jeans, and Converse trainers, she’s dressed like your average east London cool girl, except for an achingly smart Miu Miu ‘Dahlia’ bag swinging from her shoulder.
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After Nymphomaniac, the breakthrough actress looks towards a towering future…
“I really want to be in a Japanese film and only speak Japanese,” says Stacy Martin of the unusual directions that her future career could take. “It would be so confusing as I don’t look Japanese at all.”
It’s the sort of mind-meltingly audacious idea that prime Takashi Miike would’ve conceived and one – that on the surface at least – sounds unlikely. And yet it’s not beyond the realm of possibility. For one, the challenge of the language is something that this former long-term Tokyo resident is optimistic that she can rediscover. More importantly, however, her nascent career has already seen her forge connections with outlandish and remarkable talent.
Her recent past boasts a lead performance in Lars von Trier’s provocative Nymphomaniac, while her future will deliver a role in the The Clown, which stars Charlotte Rampling and features Terrence Malick as executive producer. The present brings High-Rise, another collaboration with a singular talent: Ben Wheatley, the genre-splicing director of cult oddities Kill List and Sightseers.
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