Jordan Harrison’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play “Marjorie Prime” explores what happens when artificial intelligence enters the home and tries to aid us. It follows the 86-year-old Marjorie (played by Lois Smith in the first production), whose mind routinely falls into confusion and fading memories. But then she acquires a handsome new companion who resembles her late husband and is programmed to tell her the story of her life. The question is, “What would you remember, if given the chance?” Now director Michael Almereyda (“Experimenter”) will adapt Harrison’s play to the screen with Smith reprising the title role and Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) as Marjorie’s new companion. The film also stars Geena Davis (“The Accidental Tourist”) and Tim Robbins (“Mystic River”). Watch an exclusive teaser for the film below.
Smith is best known for his long, illustrious theatrical career, which has netted her an Obie Award and two Tony Awards. She has also had supporting roles in many numerous films dating back to the mid-1950’s, such as “East of Eden,” “Five Easy Pieces, Resurrection,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Dead Man Walking,” “Twister,” “Please Give,” and most recently “The Nice Guy.” She has also had key guest appearances on the TV shows “The Americans,” “True Blood,” and “Desperate Housewives.”
“Lois Smith is easily one of the finest stage and screen actresses of the past 70 years,” says producer Uri Singer of BB Film Productions. “I cannot wait for audiences everywhere to discover her extraordinary performance in Marjorie Prime, along with her brilliant co-stars Jon Hamm, Tim Robbins and Geena Davis. If it means mortgaging my own home or walking up and down Hollywood Boulevard with a sandwich board, I am vowing to do everything in my power to get Lois an Oscar nomination to cement her already legendary status.”
Cinetic is on board to handle US sales and Fortitude International is handling world sales. The film is currently in post-production and eyeing an early 2017 festival premiere.