Oh hey, Hilary Swank, remember her? The two-time Oscar winner, who hasn’t really made a decent movie since “Million Dollar Baby” (though if we’re being charitable, “Conviction” wasn’t awful, just forgettable — bet you didn’t even remember that one) heads to HBO for her next effort, which looks like a definite improvement over her last few movies.
Directed by Phillip Noyce (“Salt,” “Rabbit-Proof Fence“) and penned by Richard Curtis (“Love Actually,” “War Horse“), “Mary And Martha” certainly has its bonafides, telling the story of two women who emerge from a traumatic family tragedy to form a unique bond while fighting for the eradication of malaria. So yes, it all looks Very Important, with some heroic people doing life-saving things. But this is also the kind of material could veer into the wrong kind of tone very quickly, but as long as Blethyn is in it, we have some faith it could possibly deliver.
HBO will drop the film on April 20th — watch below to get a little preview.