Frances McDormand is already a two-time Oscar winner – and may be in line for another statue this year thanks to her performance in Chloe Zhao‘s Nomadland – but she’s not resting on her laurels and sticking to easy roles.
McDormand has signed on to star in Women Talking, an adaptation of Miriam Toews‘ bestselling novel. Sarah Polley, an actor who has also directed films such as the romantic drama Take This Waltz and the fascinating documentary Stories We Tell, will helm the project.
Women Talking follows a group of women in an isolated religious colony as they struggle to reconcile their faith with a series of sexual assaults committed by the colony’s men.
McDormand is reportedly the driving forced behind the project, as she acquired the rights to the book under her Hear/Say Productions banner before bringing the package to Brad Pitt‘s Plan B. The film is now set up at MGM’s Orion Pictures.
Toews is a great writer who was born to Mennonite parents, and her work often deals with how faith interlaces with tough subjects like abuse and mental illness. She also had a leading role in Carlos Reygadas‘ 2007 film, Silent Light. The combination of her writing with Polley’s directing and McDormand’s acting should be a recipe for great success.
As mentioned, McDormand is still securing interesting roles two Oscars into her career. Alongside this one, she’ll also be a part of Wes Anderson‘s ensemble in The French Dispatch, and will star alongside Denzel Washington on Joel Coen‘s The Tragedy Of Macbeth.