#IrishFilm: Stephen Rea joins Neil Jordan’s The Widow
Irish actor Stephen Rea has joined the cast of Neil Jordan’s new feature film The Widow, which is currently in production in Dublin and Ardmore Studios.
Rea joins Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Maika Monroe, as well as fellow newcomers to the project Colm Feore and Zawe Ashton.
The film follows Frances (Moretz), a young woman who is new to Manhattan, and focuses on her unlikely friendship with an elderly widow (Huppert) whose motives are gradually revealed to be sinister.
Rea will play a private investigator hired to investigate the possibly nefarious intentions of the widow and Feore plays the estranged father of Moretz’s character. Ashton plays a mysterious woman with important information about the widow’s past, while Monroe plays Frances’ protective best friend.
Rea has worked with Jordan before, most notably on The Crying Game, for which Jordan received an Academy Award for best original screenplay and Rea received a best actor nomination.
Jordan has co-written the film with Ray Wright (The Crazies). Acclaimed Northern Irish cinematographer Seamus McGarvey is behind the camera, with Sidney Kimmel, John Penotti, Lawrence Bender, and James Flynn producing for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Lawrence Bender Productions and Little Wave Productions.
The Widow will shoot for 6 weeks and is aiming for a 2018 release.