Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ralph Fiennes Set to Star in True Story Film About Farnsworth House
Maggie Gyllenhaal, best known for her roles in The Dark Knight, Stranger Than Fiction, and The Deuce, has been cast in a non-fiction drama alongside Ralph Fiennes, best known as Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series, as well as his roles in Schindler’s List, The Reader, and the most recent Bond films.
The film will be based on the Farnsworth House, a National Historic Landmark house in Illinois that was designed and constructed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, between 1945 and 1951. Fiennes will play Mies van der Rohe, and Gyllenhaal will play Dr. Edith Farnsworth M.D., a prominent Chicago nephrologist and the woman who commissioned the house, a work of art made of glass and steel in the Illinois countryside.
The pair had a tumultuous love affair, and the house became a masterpiece of the architectural and artistic community. Gyllenhaal had this to say about the character Edith Farnsworth:
“I am always looking for projects about real women, with complicated, interesting minds. They are far and few between and Farnsworth House is a rare find. In Edith Farnsworth is the opportunity to express a full and exciting spectrum of thoughts and feelings. But there is also the opportunity for the most exciting kind of artistic experience: a collaboration. Farnsworth House is a love story between two iconoclasts, two equally interesting players. I’m thrilled to see what Ralph and I will create together with this exceptional script and Richard Press at the helm.”
And here’s a photo of the Farnsworth house:
I think this is great casting, and I’m very interested in the story of the brilliant couple and beautiful house in this film. How about you?