It’s about time Cate Blanchett got behind the camera. The Oscar-winning actress and producer who has long decried the state of things for women in movies is headed to Australian television with the drama “Stateless,” which she is developing and set to direct.
According to Screen Australia, “’Stateless’ will be Cate Blanchett’s first venture into high-end TV,” and it centers on the true, headline-making story of Cornelia Rau, a young German-Australian woman who in 2005 escaped Sydney sect Kenja, only to be wrongly detained as an illegal immigrant in South Australia.
Will Blanchett also star in the series? That’s unclear. In 2013, it was announced that she would direct screenwriter Oren Moverman’s (“Love and Mercy”) “The Dinner,” though no word yet on that project’s whereabouts.
Blanchett, who appeared in Aussie TV dramas “Heartland” and “Bordertown” before moving to the screen, will soon appear onstage in Australia in the Chekhov-inspired Sydney Theatre Company production “The Present,” opposite Richard Roxburgh. This Fall, she’ll be wooing awards voters with her performance in Todd Haynes’ Palme d’Or nominee “Carol.”