Renowned A-list actress Cate Blanchett is set to play a lesbian in an upcoming film. Blanchett is starring in Director Todd Hayne’s film “Carol” with fellow actress Mia Wasikowska.
The Academy Award and Golden Globe winner will play the title character, a wealthy wife and mother, while Wasikowska will play the young department store worker who becomes her infatuated lover.
”She’s got the chops and she’s got the physical beauty for the part,” said producer Elizabeth Karlsen in a press release. “It’s a cliché to say this but roles for women like this don’t come along very often.”
The movie is an adaption of author Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel, set against the backdrop of 1950s New York. While the incident is based on Highsmith’s life, the novel was groundbreaking for portraying a lesbian romance in the 1950s.
“Patricia Highsmith’s book defied convention and broke social boundaries at the time that it was published,” said executive producer Harvey Weinstein in a press release, when Weinstein Company acquired the rights to the novel. “With the outstanding cast and filmmaking team being assembled, it will make a moving and poignant film as well.”
Known for many of her works involving homosexual undertones, Highsmith has produced noted works such as “Strangers on a Train” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” Both novels have been adapted to film.
“We’ve come a long way since Dirk Bogarde starred in ‘Victim,’” Karlsen added. “We’ve had ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘A Single Man,’ ‘Far From Heaven’ – and President Obama came out in support of gay marriage.”
News of the film comes after a French movie called “Blue is the Warmest Color” depicting a lesbian love story won the Cannes Film Festival’s highest honor, the Palme d’Or.
Filming will begin in October, on location in New York and London.