Cate Blanchett has signed on to star in TAR, a new drama from Todd Field that will mark the director’s first film in fifteen years.
Unfortunately plot details are under wraps. We do know that Field has written the script himself and that it takes place in Berlin, but that’s it. The project is set up at Focus Features and production is expected to begin in September, since Blanchett is currently filming Eli Roth‘s Borderlands movie.
Field previously directed two acclaimed films: 2001’s In The Bedroom and 2006’s Little Children. It’s somewhat bizarre that he hasn’t made a film since then, considering that he got Oscar nominations for both. However, it’s not been for lack of trying that’s prevented him from directing again.
Field was often announced to be involved in projects, such as a Mexican Revolution film with Leonardo DiCaprio, a coming of age minor league baseball story set in the 1970s Northwest, and adaptations of novels by the likes of Joan Didion and Jonathan Franzen. But none of them came to fruition, and thus Field has become a bit of a forgotten man in the industry.
Hopefully TAR can remind audiences of his talent. Getting Blanchett on board is fantastic. Her acting contemporary Kate Winslet gave a great performance in Little Children, and expect Blanchett to do the same here.
Incredibly, in Field’s two movies, he’s generated five acting Oscar nominations for his stars, so he’s obviously got a knack for getting great performances out of his cast.
Blanchett has a bunch of interesting projects lined up in addition to TAR and Borderlands, including two films with director Guillermo Del Toro – Nightmare Alley and Pinocchio – as well as Adam McKay‘s climate change Netflix movie, Don’t Look Up.