Palisadian and Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”) will star alongside recent Oscar winner Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) in a film adaptation of French playwright Florian Zeller’s stage hit “The Father.”
In the film, an aging father played by Hopkins refuses assistance from his wearied daughter played by Colman, who eventually leaves to seek a life of her own in Paris. In her absence, the fabric of the father’s reality is left in tatters and he begins to question his loved ones, memory and identity.
First launched in Paris in 2012, “The Father” went on to earn Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Actor both on Broadway and on London’s West End. Zeller (“Florida”) will direct the film adaptation co-written with Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton (“Atonement”). The film is being produced by David Parfitt (“Loving Vincent”), Philippe Carcassonne (“Coco Before Chanel“), Jean-Louis Livi (“Wild Grass“), play producer Simon Friend and Les Films du Cru producer Christophe Spadone. The film is due to launch at Cannes through Embankment Films with financing from Film4 and the Elarof Fund. U.S. film rights are being represented by UTA Independent Film Group and CAA.