Actorly and literary types love Anton Chekhov, but he’s not exactly a writer who’s permeated the mainstream. However Hurt Locker actor Christian Camargo is hoping to change that, as he’s planning to write and direct a modern day take on Chekhov’s classic, The Seagull.
Now he’s got a to flight cast to help him, as Variety reports that Allison Janney, William Hurt, Jean Reno, Katie Holmes, Mark Rylance and Juliet Rylance have signed up to star. The Seagull is well known for its large cast of characters, telling interconnected tales of romantic and artistic conflict, mainly concentrating on ingenue Nina, fading actress Irina Arkadina, her son the symbolist playwright Konstantin Tréplev, and the famous middlebrow writer Trigorin.
However rather than being set in 19th Century Russia, this new version will take place in modern day rural New England on a Memorial Day weekend. Allsion Janney is set to play Elizabeth, a film star based on the Arkadina , with Hurt as her brother and Katie Holmes as the emotional daughter of the estate’s caretaker. Shooting will take place this summer in New York.