If you’ve ever found yourself thinking, “My, that Glenn Close is a handsome woman,” you’re about to have to tweak your perspective a little. The first photo of the actress in male drag for her new film The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs has emerged. I must say, the 63-year-old Damages star still looks as handsome as ever.
The film follows an Englishwoman who dresses as a man to work and survive in Victorian Dublin in 1898 and begins to court another woman. The movie is based on the short story by Irish novelist George Moore, which was turned into a play in 1978. This isn’t Glenn’s first time playing Albert Noob either: she first stepped into the role on stage and won an Obie for her off-Broadway performance in 1982. She has been trying to get the movie version made for the past decade. At a press conference in Dublin last week, she called the story “so original and different” and that it packs a “huge emotional wallop.”
Like in the play, the movie will follow Glenn’s character, Albert Noob, as she lives as a man and attempts embark in a same-sex relationship with another woman. A 1982 review from The New York Times says her character (a waiter in the play, a butler in the movie) at first cuts herself off from the prospect of relationships, but then meets another woman living as a man who is also happily married to a woman. Emboldened, Albert decides to try courting a maid she works with.
The official synopsis for the film from the UK Film Council reads:
At this point you’re probably thinking: “This film sounds amazing! I must see it now!” But wait, there’s more — I haven’t even told you about the cast yet. Joining Glenn in production are Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right, Alice in Wonderland), Jonathan Rhys-Myers (The Tudors), Michael Gambon (Dumbledore!), Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot) and Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds, Songcatcher).
Glenn co-wrote and is producing the picture. Directing will be Rodrigo Garcia, the son of famed author Gabriel García Márquez and writer-director behind the films Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her, Nine Lives and Mother and Child. At the same press conference last week, Garcia said:
The roles of each cast member haven’t been revealed yet, but my guess is Mia will play the “beautiful, saucy young maid Helen” and Jonathan will be the “handsome, bad-boy Joe.” If that’s so, I’m just going to have to pretend the 42 year age difference between Mia and Glenn isn’t there because a film about complicated Victorian-era gender politics sounds too good to worry about the uncomfortable May-December of it all.
The film began shooting this month and is expected to wrap in early February. It is being produced independently and there is no release date yet. But with a cast and a story like that, I certainly hope it won’t find any difficulty making it to a theater very near you very soon So what do you think? Like Glenn in drag? Like the story? Like the cast? How could you not? Discuss.