Nicole Holofcener always goes her own way. In between writing and directing her female-led indies about ordinary American people — from “Walking and Talking” and “Lovely and Amazing” to “Please Give” and 2014 Golden Globe nominee “Enough Said” — she has directed smart, for-hire TV including “Sex and the City,” “Six Feet Under,” “Parks and Recreation” and Tina Fey’s new Netflix comedy “The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt.”
In her first film since “Enough Said,” Holofcener has cast Julianne Moore in “Can You Ever Forgive Me,” an adaptation of Lee Israel’s 2008 memoir about her hardscrabble life as a biographer turned forger of letters of dead writers and celebrities. Israel began stealing actual letters from archives and selling them through an ex-con as the FBI closed in on her scheme.
Archer Gray production president Anna Carey, who steered Holofcener’s under-appreciated 2006 film “Friends with Money” starring Jennifer Aniston as a pot-smoking housekeeper, will produce.
This year, “Still Alice” Oscar winner Moore will appear in “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” Rebecca Miller’s “Maggie’s Plan” (with Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph) and Peter Sollett’s drama “Freeheld” opposite Ellen Page and Steve Carell. She joins Holofcener’s omnibus of powerful women including Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Enough Said”), her friend Catherine Keener (who has appeared in every Holofcener film), Aniston, Frances McDormand (“Friends with Money”) and Emily Mortimer (“Lovely and Amazing”).