EXCLUSIVE: Tim Blake Nelson is getting more company on his ensemble drama Anesthesia. The Lincoln actor wrote, stars in, and is directing the pic which follows the disparate stories of New Yorkers whose lives come together after the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor. Sam Waterston has been cast as said professor, Walter Zarrow. Oscar-nominated Glenn Close will play Zarrow’s wife Marcia, with Corey Stoll (Midnight In Paris) as an investment banker who witnesses the attack and Gretchen Mol as his wife, an alcoholic New Jersey homemaker. As I reported Sunday, Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart has taken a supporting role in the ensemble drama; she’ll play Zarrow’s troubled student Sophie. Nelson will step in front of the camera himself to play Zarrow’s son.
Also joining the microbudget indie are Mol’s Boardwalk Empire costar Michael K. Williams, Gloria Reuben, Jessica Hecht (Breaking Bad), Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha), and K. Todd Freeman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Julie Buck, Josh Hetzler, Christopher Scott, and Nelson are producing the film which is now shooting in NYC. Anesthesia marks Nelson’s fifth directorial feature. He’s been busy lately with an upcoming acting slate that includes Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman, Focus Features’ crime pic Kill The Messenger, and James Franco‘s last five directing projects.
Nelson is repped by Gateway Management, UTA, and Stephen Breimer and Marc Glick at Bloom, Hergott, Diemer, Rosenthal, Laviolette, Feldman, Schenkman, and Goodman. Close is repped by CAA and Loeb & Loeb. Waterston is repped by The Gersh Agency and Industry Entertainment. Stoll is repped by UTA and Suskin Management. Mol is repped by ICM Partners and John Carrabino Management. Williams is repped by ICM Partners and Imperium 7 Talent Agency. Reuben is repped by APA, Principal Entertainment and attorney Ira Schrek. Hecht is repped by Innovative Artists and Wright Management. Mickey Sumner is repped by ICM Partners and Barking Dog Entertainment.