Terence Davies first announced his biopic of the notoriously reclusive American poet back in 2012, with Cynthia Nixon attached to star. The project stalled as Davies went into production on Lewis Grassic Gibbon adaptation “Sunset Song.” That film wasn’t ready for Cannes, but Davies will be taking the Dickinson picture to the Marche du Film this year now that Jennifer Ehle has joined the cast.
Variety reports that Ehle will star alongside Nixon in “A Quiet Passion,” which starts production this week in Belgium. Davies—whose gorgeous movies like “The Deep Blue Sea,” “Of Time and the City” and “Distant Voices, Still Lives” challenge mainstream audiences—wrote the script with Nixon in mind. “It was the kind of dream casting you hope for,” Davies told THR during Toronto 2012. “I never, for a moment, imagined my wishes would materialize. Cynthia has such a strong feeling for the work — and now she is our Emily Dickinson. I’m over the moon.”
The film focuses on Dickinson’s early life as a schoolgirl, and on her later years in Amherst as a tortured artist who saw but seven of her poems published in her lifetime.
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Double Dutch International will be selling international rights at Cannes, with UTA and Indomitable Entertainment handling domestic. Sol Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter are producers for Hurricane Films, with Potemkino co-producing. Executive producers include Weathervane’s Jason Van Eman and Ben McConley, Dominic Ianno and Stuart Pollok from Indomitable and DDI’s Jason Moring.