EXCLUSIVE: Glenn Close has been set to play Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be the Grand Russian Duchess Anastasia, in Duchess. The film reunites Close with The Chumscrubber director Arie Posin and producers Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn, who teamed with Close for Albert Nobbs. They will produce through their Mockingbird Pictures.
Posin wrote the script with Reversal Of Fortune scribe Nicholas Kazan. It’s described as a dark road-trip comedy based on true events and covering the last days of Anna and her American husband Jack Manahan. After the courts forcibly put Anna into a retirement home in Charlottesville in 1983, Jack kidnapped her, and together they evaded the authorities across rural Virginia hoping to experience the honeymoon they never had. The film will shoot in Virginia.
Close most recently wrapped Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy. Posin’s next film, The Face Of Love with Annette Bening and Ed Harris, will be released March 7 by IFC. Close is repped by CAA and Posin by WME and Industry.