Paul Bettany has signed on to star in Harvest Moon, a dramedy in development at Miramax that will co-star Carmen Ejogo, Candice Bergen, and Cary Elwes. Bettany himself has co-written the script alongside Dana Brown, while Mark Waters (He’s All That) is on board to direct.
The film revolves around a young boy who sees an opportunity to reunite his separated parents while the pandemic shuts down the world. It’s being described as a heartwarming movie about complicated but comical family relations.
Bettany is coming off an Emmy-nominated performance in WandaVision for Disney+, while he also recently starred in Amazon dramedy Uncle Frank.
Ejogo has been starring alongside Bryan Cranston in Showtime’s drama Your Honor, while Bergen was last seen in Steven Soderbergh‘s Let Them All Talk, and Elwes is set to have a role in the latest Mission: Impossible installment.
“I’m thrilled to be teaming up with [producer] Bill Block and Miramax again to make Harvest Moon,” Bettany said. “The fact that it has come together so quickly is enormously gratifying and also hilarious. Dana and I wrote it to keep ourselves sane during lockdown and now we’re off to shoot with an incredible creative team led by Mark Waters. It’s all a bit of a dream. I’m very excited.”
Movies set during the pandemic will likely become more frequent in the next few years, and it will be interesting to see how audiences respond. Will they want to consume content about an unhappy but unique experience during their lives? Or will they not be interested in being transported back to that uncomfortable time? We’ll see.