Claire Foy and Rooney Mara have joined the cast of the film adaptation of Miriam Toews’ critically acclaimed novel Women Talking. Sarah Polley will write and direct the film with Plan B Entertainment producing alongside Frances McDormand’s Hear/Say Productions.
TW: topics of rape and sexual assault
According to Deadline, 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.” Foy (The Crown) and Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will be joined by Jessie Buckley, Sheila McCarthy, Judith Ivey, Ben Whishaw, and Michelle McLeod, along with the previously announced McDormand. The adaptation will also serve as a feature film debut for August Winter, Kate Hallett, and Liv McNeil.
Toews describes her novel as “a reaction through fiction” to the real-life events that took place between 2005 and 2009 at a Mennonite colony in Bolivia where a group of men regularly raped many of the young girls and women in the community. Upon its release in 2018, Women Talking received praise by critics and fans alike, and was named Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Publishers Weekly, and many others.
According to Deadline, the film has been a priority for Plan B as it was one of the first films put into development after they signed their second look deal with MGM.
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